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...

Children conceived by assisted reproduction deprived of knowing their genetic origins

Many persons conceived through third-party participation are deprived of  crucial information The use of donor sperm or egg for reproduction and mitochondrial transfer techniques (2 mothers and one father) raise the issue of the right of donor-conceived persons to know their...

Cell life extended, authors suggest that this finding could increase human life expectancy

Building on two decades of research, investigators at UT Southwestern medical school have determined that “cellular housekeeping” (all cells and code for proteins that are essential for basic cell growth and metabolism)  can extend the lifespan and improve the health...

Thousands of autistic girls and women ‘going undiagnosed’ due to sex bias

Number of girls and women with the condition in the UK may be vastly underestimated, leading neuroscientist says  Prof Francesca Happé. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Hundreds of thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a...

Romania joins countries that do not consider gay couples as marriage

Now Romania, along with Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia don’t recognize the same-sex union as a marriage A recent petition demanding that the Constitution redefine marriage as a union between a man and a woman had more than 3 million signatures. With such...

Economic funds allocated in Britain for the prevention of suicide. Suicide latest figures.

New funding in England has been allocated to suicide prevention, around 28.6 million Euros. The aim is to reduce suicides by 10% by 2021, although its final goal is to achieve the desired “zero suicides” for patients with psychiatric disorders. This money is primarily allocated...

Masked euthanasia in children. Are Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard cases the tip of the iceberg of NHS healthcare policy?

Isaiah had defied medical expectations by managing to breathe unaided for eight hours, and had vindicated his parents’ legal battle to keep him alive, he said. (The Guardian, 31 May 2018).   Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard are not specific and special cases in the United Kingdom....

American official figures on fertility. The report shows that it has fallen to its lowest point in the last 40 years

A disturbing report on the fertility rate in the United States indicates that it has fallen to its lowest point in the last 40 years. US government Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calculated that there were 3.85 births in 2017. This means a total fertility rate of around 1.76...

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...