iPS cells derived from HIV-resistant individuals for the treatment of HIV infection

New technique: It involves iPS cells from HIV-resistant individuals for the treatment of people infected  Some people have a mutation in their genome (CCR5A32) that gives them certain resistance to HIV infection. Taking advantage of this situation, a step has now been taken that...

Delaying motherhood is giving problems for both mothers and their children.

Delaying motherhood is known to cause problems for both mothers and their children. Now, we have further details on this topic. In an article published in PNAS (“Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) diseases frequency”,  doi 10.1073/pnas.1409328111), it was shown that the...

iPS cells an ethical end effective technique for medical purposes

Now, for the first time, skeletal muscle cells have been derived from iPS successfully A concern raised some time ago is to determine whether the iPS cells produced from adult somatic cells have the specific characteristics of embryonic stem cells. If so, iPS cells could...

Sperm and egg donation anonymity does not appear to be justified

Sperm and egg donation – the donors and their children  will require re-evaluation of eachother relationships throughout the lifetime of the parties involved Anonymity in reproductive issues is being left behind. Thus, in their updated guidelines for gamete donation in...

Chemotherapy in pregnant women would not affect the foetus

An analysis of the situation of pregnancies that occur during oncology treatments has been one of the points that has aroused most interest among European health professionals. The potential harmful effects of anti-cancer agents are a reason for great concern. In some cases, the...

Sexual assault report on American university students

Data collected between 2005 and 2007 show that 19% of North American university students aged between 18 and 25 years have suffered sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. Around 75% to 80% knew their attacker. Only 20% of assaults were reported to police, compared to 32% for...

After a long and costly legal process conscientious objection ethics of companies is legalized in USA

Conscientious objection ethics of family companies to the “contraceptive mandate.” The United States Supreme Court decided, by a majority of 5 votes to 4, that family companies can object to the Ministry of Health regulation that obliges them to finance and offer...

HIV resistant people, the clue for a new treatment?

HIV resistant people and new  possibilities to treatment Even when HIV patients are properly treated, a virus reservoir always persists in their cells, which means that they must always be considered as chronic patients. However, four patients have been discovered, referred to as...

Male and female infertility. Could cell therapy be the solution?

Recent years have seen unquestionable advances in cell therapy, yet there are still only a few areas in human medicine in which these types of cells have been shown to be really effective. One of these is the area of reproductive diseases that can cause male and female...

Discerning medically assisted reproduction. Key concepts of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church

Author: D. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula,Bishop   of   Tapso was President of the Pontifical Academy for Life  e-mail: carrasco@pusc.it Is it morally licit to use medically assisted reproduction in a woman?  The response  of the  Congregation – a laconic  but  unequivocal non-licere,...