Early embryonic development – He who will be a man is already one

When we listen to statements on early embryo development such as how a human embryo is not a human being, or that it is only a cluster of cells, or its biological significance is questioned or other similar phrases that try to minimize or take away importance from the early...

HIV positive organ donors. Is it reasonable to assume a risk that can easily be avoided?

The idea that HIV positive organ donors has been dismissed until now. This attitude is currently under discussion (Journal Medical Ethics 41; 367-370,2015), with the news that this legal barrier could be lifted in the United States, should the potential recipients also be...

iPS cells for generating retinal tissue is a major medical advance

Are iPS cells useful for treating retinal diseases? There are a number of retinal diseases that affect many people. One potential treatment could be to create retinal tissue that can be transplanted to these patients. Three recent articles have described their experiments in...

Parthenogenesis. A new possibility for regenerative medicine and a new bioethical dilemma

Parthenogenesis have allowed pluripotent stem cells to be obtained from oocytes (eggs) which have been stimulated to divide without having been fertilised by sperm. Can individuals be obtained from parthenogenesis? What is a partenote? Introduction A recent sentence from the...

Gene therapy techniques – a new clinical application

Gene therapy techniques that do not present any ethical difficulties New steps in gene therapy  complemented with cell therapy . Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare lung disease in which the lung becomes filled with macrophages treatment has objective secondary difficulties....

Cord blood use in regenerative medicine

Everyone is aware of the importance of umbilical cord blood cells  , and especially the importance that they could have in the future in regenerative and reparatory medicine. Cells from cord blood use in regenerative medicine is very useful but, one problem at present it that...

Child euthanasia: opinions among the Austrian population

In 2005, the Groningen Protocol was published, a guide for promoting child euthanasia in newborns. An article has now been published (BMC Medical Ethics 2014; 15:74) evaluating the opinion of the Austrian population on this issue. Of those surveyed, 63.6% were against euthanasia...

Birth control pills risk increase in diabetes pregnacy

Recent research has suggested that birth control pills risk of developing gestational diabetes. Although previous studies have been able to establish an association between the use of hormonal contraceptives and increased blood glucose, as well as changes in lipids, there have...

In vitro fertilization evaluation – who lies?

In vitro fertilization evaluation – A new system for stimulating ovulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization has been evaluated. Experts say that the results are promising, since 12 children were born after 53 women were given a single injection of a natural...

Organ trafficking is continuing to rise

Organ trafficking is a problem that is continuing to rise. More than 114,000 organs are transplanted annually worldwide. However, not all are altruistic. Thus, it is estimated that 5% to 10% of kidney transplants are the result of commercial transactions. To that end, a...