The biological status of the early human embryo. When does human life begins?

“Those who argue that that embryo can be destroyed with impunity will have to prove that this newly created life is not human. And no-one, to the best of our knowledge, has yet been able to do so.” Introduction In order to determine the nature of the human embryo, we need to know...

Is the human embryo a living being of our species?

Few doubts that determining whether the preimplantation human embryo is a living being of our species is one of, if not the most, fundamental issues in modern bioethics. Another thing is whether that living biological being is, or is not, a human person. That, however, is another...

Changes occur in the maternal brain that enhance communication with the unborn child

Changes occur in the brain of pregnant women as a result of the new hormone levels and biological adaptation to them. According to an article published in Nature Neuroscience (see HERE), which essentially translates into a reduction in the volume of grey matter. This appears to...

Human life biological beginning

Fertilisation is the dynamic and temporal process by which an individual is formed from materials supplied by its parents. Fertilisation is a process with epigenetic temporal dynamics: the genetic information inherited is fed back by the process itself (by an interaction of the...

Prohibition of experimentation with human embryos ratified by the Italian Constitutional Court

“Banning of all clinical and experimental human embryos experimentation that is not to its benefit” The ban on experimenting on human embryos remains in force in Italy. This was established in the Constitutional Court with a ruling in which the Court rejected the...

Mitochondrial replacement used for the first time in viable human embryos

An article has been recently published in scientific journal Nature (534; 383–386, 2016), describing the application of mitochondrial  technique in viable human embryos. This experiment is considered  as the first preclinical study in humans in this field. Mitochondrial...

Human embryo. His moral status according to Michael Sandel

THE STATUS OF THE HUMAN EMBRYO ACCORDING TO MICHAEL SANDEL Justo Aznar*, Vicente Bellver**, Gloria Casanova and Mª José Torres   Abstract: Michael Sandel is one of the most socially committed North American philosophers. In this paper, we analyse his thoughts in relation to...
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Human embryos manipulation for possible biomedical uses is permitted. Ethical assessment

It is often said that in scientific research, anything that can be done, will be done, regardless of its ethical connotations. This is what seems to have occurred in the light of an article published on 4th May this year in Nature (doi:10.1038/nature17948), entitled...

Maternal foetal dialogue. Cross to the mother via the placenta and affect her physiological functions

 This physiological mechanism is only just beginning to be understood In a previous article, we referred to the maternal foetal dialogue in the genomic area (See HERE). It is now known (BioEssays 37; 1106-1118,2015) that foetal cells, which can cross to the mother via the...

Human embryo and its mother. Their dialogue extends to the genomic area

A key issue in the Masters in Bioethics taught at our Catholic University is the “biological status of the human embryo”, because demonstrating that the early human embryo (from the blastocyst phase) is a biological being of our species and not a uniform cluster of...