15.5% of women suffer from infertility in the United States

An off-debated issue concerning assisted reproduction is the correct identification of infertile couples. A couple is thought to be infertile...
Posted On 29 Dec 2013
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Male contraceptive

The discovery of a gene that could play an important role in sperm development may be useful for producing a male contraceptive, which would be...
Posted On 10 Dec 2013
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1.1 million infected with HIV only in USA

In the United States, there are 1.1 million people infected with HIV, with an increase of 60% in the last 15 years (JAMA 308; 347-348, 2012).
Posted On 10 Dec 2013
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Sjögren’s syndrome improved by mesenchymal stem cells

Sjögren’s syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disease mainly characterised by dry mouth and eyes. Its causes are not well known at present, but...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013
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Non-invasive techniques to determine the genetic structure of embryos

Preimplantational genetic diagnosis is a widely used technique, employed in the selection of embryos that are free of a heredity or genetic...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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Formation of liver tissue from iPS cells

In an article recently published in Nature (http: //dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12271, 2013), a Japanese team of researchers described how they were...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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DNA is not the only factor that influences personality of genetically identical gametes

Further evidence has been found which shows that the environment and life experiences, and not only DNA, can contribute to the development of the...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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Comment on the decision of the german bishops regarding the use of emergency contraception in rape victims

Introduction On 21st February this year, the media echoed a statement made public by the German Episcopal Conference on the approval of the use...
Posted On 14 Nov 2013
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Has the cloning of humans become a reality?

On 5 October 2011, the prestigious journal Nature (478; 70-75, 2011) published an article describing the first successful production of a...
Posted On 14 Nov 2013
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After birth abortion

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics 1, of the British Medical Journal Group, by two little-known Italian philosophers...
Posted On 31 Oct 2013
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iPS cell banks

The pharmaceutical company Roche are promoting the creation of an iPS cell bank in collaboration with 23 academic groups coordinated by Zamel...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Incidence of pulmonary and venous thromboembolism in pregnancies achieved by in-vitro fertilisation

In a study conducted in Sweden (BMJ 2013; e8632 doi: 10.1136/bmj. E 8632, published on 13 January 2013), which included 23,498 women who had...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Can AIDS be beaten in the next generation?

Since the first cases were discovered in California in 1981, an entire generation has lived under the malevolent shadow of this terrible...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Mitochondrial replacement. Proposal for legalisation of human reproductive techniques with germ line gene therapy in the United Kingdom.

 Introduction The Mitochondrial Medicine Centre, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research (Newcastle University, UK), is currently...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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A brief revision of some assisted reproduction techniques

A brief assisted reproduction techniques revision without forgetting the moral difficulties of in-vitro fertilisation, especially as regards the...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Principle of “procreative” beneficience

The principle of “procreative” beneficence is a widely discussed matter in specialised bioethics journals (Bioethics 26; 447-454, 2012). In...
Posted On 14 Jun 2013
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The right to conscientious objection in UK

According to an article in The Guardian (24-IV-2013), two Scottish Catholic midwives appealed their right to conscientious objection not to...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Japan promote research with iPS cells

The therapeutic possibilities offered by iPS cells seem unquestionable, and may increase with the commitment of the Japanese government to...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Surgery to restore the clitoral anatomy

From 1998 to 2009, at least 3000 women over 18 years who had suffered genital mutilation underwent surgery in France to restore the clitoral...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Pregnancy-related mortality among adolescents

Pregnancy-related mortality is 5 times higher among adolescents aged 12 to 14 years than in women aged between 20 and 30 years (JAMA 308; 662, 2012).
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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