President of the Republic was welcomed by the Catholic Church of France. The good and the bad

What are the great issues that have separated the Church from the French State? In an unprecedented event on April 9, the President of the Republic was welcomed by the Catholic Church of France. Archbishops, members of the clergy and associations, and representatives from the...

Two monkeys cloned for the first time. Shades and lights

The cloned monkeys could mark the beginning of a new era in studying human diseases. Why does, Militiov, the biotechnologist that cloned primates for the first time, fears private attempts to clone humans? In the latest edition of the prestigious Journal Cell, an article was...

Our Observatory gives a transhumanism lecture in the Week for Life of the European Parliament – Brussels

The Catholic University of Valencia’s Bioethics Observatory has given a lecture at the European Parliament in Brussels as part of the annual Week for Life which One of Us participates since the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative. The lecture was given by Dr Enrique...

Minimal ethics. An expression of contractualism, its tool the consensus decision-making

It assumes that universally valid ethical principles do not exist Minimal ethics is an extension of contractualism – approval or disapproval of society – and, therefore, part of its same presupposition: the impossibility of establishing universally valid ethical...

Male versus female brains controversy. New evidence of their differences

Brains functioning differences define whether an individual is male or female  Introduction Analyses of the behavioural differences between men and women have led many researchers to try to establish similarities in the brain structure that might explain this variability in...

Blade Runner movie. Are the replicants human beings?

Inability of the humans to control their “bio creations” Thirty-five years have passed since the first part of the Blade Runner sequel premiered in 1982. Since then, a multitude of questions has been asked based on this story that still troubles the mind. Because,...

Oral contraceptives thromboembolic side effects new findings

The fact that oral contraceptives have negative medical effects is widely documented, especially as regards the production of thrombi (or blood clots), in both the venous and arterial systems (see HERE ). Nevertheless, not all contraceptives have a similar effect, so it is...

The slow advance of gene therapy now face a more promising chapter

Gene therapies are surely the most complex drugs in history. After a traditional trial-and-error phase, they now face a more promising chapter that is not without risks. Forty-five years ago in Science, Theodore Friedmann of the University of California, San Diego prophetically...

Human oocytes produced for the first time from donors’ ovarian tissue. A positive step to preserve women’s fertility with cancer

An article has just been published in Molecular Human Reproduction (see HERE) describing the production of human oocytes from ovarian biopsies from ten healthy women. In the study, the authors were able to grow ovarian follicles from the biopsy tissue until their final phase of...

Death of a person based on neurological criteria. Brain death controversy

Authors object the conventional criteria of ‘brain death’ for establishing the death of the human being In the September issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (see HERE), an article was published in which its authors, Michael Nair-Collins* and Franklin G Miller**, addressed the...