Essure. Negative side effects of this contraceptive

The contraceptive Essure appears to have objective side effects. The North American FDA has received 5,093 complaints of such effects, although complainant groups state that more than 25,000 women have suffered some effect, such as persistent pain, perforation of the uterus or...

Animal cloning. Large factory set up in China

At the beginning of 2016, an animal cloning centre – company BoyaLife – began operation in China, with an investment of 31.3 million US dollars. The aim is to clone cows, dogs and racehorses. The aim is to produce a million cow embryos annually to facilitate the...

Family life is what makes us happiest according to Harvard

Who is right about the benefits or harms of family life : Harvard University or the Catalan MP? Recently, several media have reported statements made by the Catalonian member of parliament (MP) Anna Gabriel (CUP, a pro-Catalan independence party), who believes in having children...

Proposition for the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy has been rejected by the European council

Proposition for the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy has been rejected by the European council On 10th March, the non-governmental association “No Maternity Traffic” presented an official petition, signed by 107,957 European citizens, to the President of the...

Improved efficacy in the generation of iPS cells for clinical use

One of the difficulties in the use of reprogrammed cells (iPS cells) is the low efficiency. Now, a technical step has been taken to substantially increase this. Using it, Australian researchers, combining it with the genome editing technique CRISPR-Cas9, have been able to...

Animal experimentation controversy. Research institutes oppose new initiative by animal rights activists

“Prohibiting animal experiments would very negatively affect new advances” Animal rights activists sent a letter to the European Commission on 3rd March this year, in which they requested that experiments on animals be banned. Against this proposal, more than 120...

Data on assisted reproduction in Europe do not agree with those given in the brochures of assisted reproduction clinics

The reality of IVF success rate  The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published a new report, the latest, on the outcomes of assisted reproduction in Europe, corresponding to the year 2011. It includes data from 33 countries, two more than in...

Terminally ill patients. Is it ethical to withdraw food and water?

Advance directives have raised these long-standing issues again, such as withholding or withdrawing nutrition and hydration in terminally ill patients. This matter has been the object of lawsuits, debates and analysis, such as the one published by the Hastings Center last June...

Can tubal ligation be reversed to have more children?

Around 600,000 women in Spain undergo tubal ligation in order to avoid having more children. However, between 10% and 15% of these wish to have a child at some later point owing to various personal circumstances. Some opt for this using assisted reproduction, unaware that this...

In vitro fertilisation cause increased medical risks in children

A frequently asked question in social media is whether children born through in vitro fertilisation have a higher risk of suffering medical problems than those conceived naturally. A major systematic review that included 38 studies (Fertility and Sterility 13; 707-719, 2015) has...