Bioethical approach of the first genetically modified babies in China

A number of media outlets have reported the news: Chinese scientists produce genetically edited babies for the first time (see HERE and HERE. According to He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist responsible, his team has managed to obtain the first babies genetically modified in...

The cryptic biological determinism of “sexual orientation”. Study on homosexual determinism

All attempts to demonstrate biological determinism of homosexuality lack sufficient rigour  The first thing to note is that sexual identity, defined by the sex of male or female, and sexual orientation, defined by the gender, are different things, although they sometimes tend to...

JME publication. Importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics. “The most profound questions that health professionals face are not scientific or technical, but ethical”

Last July, an article was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) by outgoing editors Julian Savulescu, Thomas Douglas and Dominic Wilkinson, in which they reflect on the importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics, as their term as editors of the journal...

Bioethical debate on the principle of Procreative Beneficence

Natural or artificial selection? See the below video about recent findings of the sophisticated selection in the natural fecundation process  The principle of Procreative Beneficence (PB) developed by Julian Savulescu [1,2] continues to monopolise much of contemporary bioethical...

Human-mouse hybrids created with sperm produced from human testicular stem cells

According to a recent article (see HERE), a team of researchers has managed to produce human functional spermatids (as sperm precursor cells are known) from human spermatogonial stem cells (SSC), testicular sperm cell precursors.  The SSCs were isolated and identified...

Neuroscience. New experiments with brain rekindle the bioethical debate

Neuroscience research, with the ultimate goal of deepening our knowledge of the human brain, about which we still know so little, is advancing rapidly (see HERE). Thus, major projects such as the “BRAIN Initiative” in the United States and the Human Brain Project (HBP) in Europe...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects  Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causing someone’s death            In order enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment on euthanasia. Part III. Legal and social aspects

See, – Part I Medical aspects – Part II – Bioethical aspects Consequences of the legalisation of euthanasia: A slippery slope  As we published on the Bioethics Observatory website,[1] a study conducted every five years to determine the causes of death in the...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part I. Medical aspects

Any reflection on euthanasia should be made from a medical, social and bioethical perspective. Given the breadth of this approach, we shall address this issue in three separate chapters, in which we will consecutively discuss three aspects listed above. See, Part II Bioethical...

Gene therapy recent clinical applications

As we said in a previous article gene therapy is facing a new promising stage (see WHY). On 9 January this year, a review was published in JAMA on the latest advances in gene therapy, making reference to specific advances in humans. The first refers to gene therapy treatment of a...