Can the donor sperm used in assisted reproduction affect the child’s health?

The issue has sometimes been raised as to whether children born using donor sperm through assisted reproduction could have health problems throughout their lives. A recent study of the Australian poulation, published in Reproductive Biomedicine, included 224 children aged between...

Concept of liquid modernity and transhumanism according to Nick Bostrom

The concept of Liquid Modernity, by Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, constitutes an excellent conceptual tool box with which to address the changes considered with regard to man and human nature based on the most recent advances in biotechnology and the challenge posed by...

Male age affects sperm quality producing decrease in couples fertility

A woman’s age has always been talked about when it comes to the success or failure of natural and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and how her biology affects this technique. A recent study goes a little further and suggests male age as one of the factors that also influence the...

Involuntary euthanasia in Holland. More than 400 citizens have been euthanized without request

Medical and Legal Dictionaries: Involuntary euthanasia Termination of life without request and without a competent person’s consen A study conducted every five years to determine the causes of death in the Dutch population has revealed that more than 400 of its citizens...

Can phisician refuse transfer an embryo that presents genetic abnormalities, despite the parents’ wishes?

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine considers ethically acceptable for the physicians to refuse to transfer these types of embryos, despite the parents’ wishes After having performed preimplantation genetic diagnosis , the ethical problem may arise of whether the...

Sophia robot public speech ends with the recognization of its citezenship

Could it be a step to posthumanism or a single marketing strategy or both? Robot first public speech. Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship –...

Ethical concerns in prenatal genetic tests. Could they be used for discriminate before birth?

Non-invasive prenatal genetic testing NIPT is a method that uses maternal blood to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities and other characteristics in early pregnancy, with no risks for the fetus. This makes it a promising method from both a medical and ethical perspective,...

Delayed motherhood also in England and Ireland. More than twice 40-year-old and over first time mothers

Are new mothers in their forties a global trend? Motherhood is also being postponed in the United Kingdom (see negative effects on delayed motherhood for mother and child, click HERE), since the number of first-time mothers over the age of 40 has doubled in the last 15 years, and...

Pluripotent stem cells used for regenrative medicine risks. They can develop mutations that favor the production of cancer cells

It should be crucial to check pluripotent cell lines (embryonic and iPS cells) before clinical testing before their use in regenerative medicine The production of pluripotent stem cells, from which virtually all types of cells can be obtained, may be of great use for the...

The future of iPS – induced pluripotent stem cells. New finding increases tremendously their potential for clinical use

Cells now can be obtained from anonymous donors, however, and stored in a cell bank, the costs would be reduced significantly, and their potential for clinical use would increase tremendously A recent article published in Nature discussed some specific aspects regarding the...