“For an Europe faithful to human dignity”. A cultural platform, of which our Observatory is a member, is launched in Paris

The Cultural Platform was launched – february 23 – in Paris at the Palais de Luxembourg meeting together national organizations that defend life all around Europe. More than 300 institutions and intellectuals, from all over the European continent assisted and our...

Children born from assisted reproduction techniques have an increased risk of obstetric and perinatal adverse effects

A recent large study confirms that children born through assisted reproduction techniques have 30-40% higher probability of suffering malformations at birth The bioethical assessment of assisted reproduction moves between the undeniable good that it means to provide a child to a...

Debate on fraud in scientific papers continues. A complex and challenging issue for scientific journals

See video above A JAMA editor article titled Scientific Misconduct and Medical Journals focus on a scientific malpractice involving fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in the reporting of research and clear define this practice, According to the US Department of Health and...

In vivo cell reprogramming. A major step forward in regenerative medicine

Cell reprogramming  is revolutionizing the biomedical world, not only because it can obtain cells of different tissues from pluripotent cells, but also because these cells can be genetically modified to be used for the treatment of serious illnesses or to better understand them,...

Induced abortion’s effect on the mother’s health and risk of death. Pregnancy, miscarriage and induced termination of pregnancy

Several studies have analysed the possible relationship between the history of pregnancies, miscarriages and induced abortion, and the risk of suffering certain disorders, as well as the mortality rates in specific populations of women. Metodology: Bring toghter 68 scientifcs...

Legal aspects to take into account in the case of genetically modified babies in China

INTRODUCTION The news has come to light in numerous media: Chinese researcher He Jiankui and his team at SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology of China) in Shenzhen have produced the first two genetically-modified human beings using the CRISPR-CAS9 technique...

The status of person of the human embryo

The ultimate postmodern injustice is the refusal to recognise certain human individuals as persons * Introduction The continuing advances of science in the area of embryology leave little doubt about the human nature of the embryo of our species. Biologically, there is no other...

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...

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...