Lights and shadows of HIV pandemia. UK and global state of the art and goals

One of the game changers in recent years has been pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill which, when taken daily by people in high-risk groups, can reduce the risk of infection with HIV by up to 86 per cent. The aim of the 90-90-90 targets against HIV established by UNAIDS, the...

The father’s age may determine genetic mutations in his children that do not pre-exist in him

It is nothing new to say that the father’s age can affect the health of his children, and especially that these children may have genetic problems. This appears to be confirmed in an article published in Nature, in which the authors evaluated the existence of “de novo” genetic...

Legalization of assisted suicide effects. “A source of good-quality organs and corpses”, ethical comment

When the transplant team and anatomy laboratories in search of corpses come knocking… A relevant ethical issue in transplant procedures is the autonomy of the donor and respect for the peace and privacy they need as they approach the end of their life. However, in countries where...

First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethics appraoch after latest offical investigations

After the statement from Chinese geneticist Jiankui He that he and his team had achieved the birth of the first genetically modified babies (that our Observatory covered extensively, see HERE), the Chinese government ordered an official investigation that has now confirmed the...

US authorizes the use of CRISPR directly in the patient’s body, until now the trials was made in cells extracted of the patient

Hopes and and concerns The first clinical trial involving the use of the gene editing tool CRISPR directly in the patient (see more ) has been approved in the United States. The trial aim to treat a congenital blindeness will include around 15 patients, adults and children, in...

Eggs and sperm could be produced from female blood samples

The journal Science has published an interesting article  by a Japanese group, led by Mitonori Saitou, which describes the production of oogonia from female blood cells. According to Carlos Simón, an expert in this area (see HERE ), “a mature oocyte has not yet been obtained,...

Pharmaceutical and biotech biggest companies open their labs to a veterinary inspector

Animals testing ethics. A recently published interview successfully addresses the antagonism between animal welfare and the undeniable need for animals for biomedical research. We quote the article published by Stats that affirms “Some cities have public advocates. Others...

Large-scale genetic studies do not include a racially and ethnically diverse population that greatly affects global health

A large study published in Cell titled The Missing Diversity in Human Genetic Studies affirms that the majority of studies of genetic association with disease have been performed in Europeans, what has a negative effect in global health, and proposes solutions (read entire...

Trump administration gives a new turn of the screw for effectively stops US aid for abortion worldwide

The Trump administration continues providing healthcare for women while refusing to subsidise the killing of unborn babies, now it has expanded its ban on funding for groups that conduct abortions or advocate abortion rights, known as the global gag rule, and has also cut funding...

Serious concern for science. European academics are failing abysmally when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials

European academics are failing abysmally when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials, a study has revealed. An analysis of data from the European Union’s Clinical Trial Register — published in The BMJ1 on 13 September — shows that around 50% of the listed trials...