Ethical debates sparked by recent biomedical breakthroughs

 The urgent need to incorporate ethics into biomedical research Many of the problems presented by science during the course of its normal...

Every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors by law

Very soon, each and every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors. They will be automatically included...

Gene editing today. All we have to know about it and our bioethical assessment

Few scientific breakthroughs have been as important as the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic...

One in every ten children in Spain is born as a result of assisted reproduction techniques

Spain, report 116,688 fertility treatments, placing Spain at the head of Europe and the third leading country in the world. Spain finally has its...

CRISPR used for the first time in humans

A team led by oncologist Lu Youou at Sichuan University in China has become the first to use the revolutionary CRISPR technique on a patient with...

Psychological side effects of abortion

A widely debated topic is whether there is such thing as “post-abortion syndrome”, or if some psychological disorders exist only...

Science and religion are complementary, said a great agnostic biologist

The opinion of the great American agnostic biologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) on Science and Religion, which he shared abundantly in essays...

European fertility rates and the age at which women were having children worsen

According to a Eurostat report, the European fertility rates in 2008 was 1.61 children per woman. Later, with the eruption of the economic...

Human genome. Its “grammar” is more complex than thought

Human genome sequencing revealed the order of the 3 billion letters of A, C, G and T, but not what they mean, much less the grammar that gives...

Assisted suicide in patients with “treatment-resistant depression”

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015)....

Even treated, AIDS is a chronical disease because HIV is stored in certain human cells

The disease cannot be cured, as the HIV remains inactive in the patients’ body It is known that AIDS can be treated with new antiretroviral...

Human cryopreservation. Technique and ethical and moral assessment

There may be an insurmountable difficulty in relation to the revival of the cryopreserved cadaver Cryopreservation consists of preserving human...

Mediterranean anaemia can be treated using gene therapy

Every year, around 300,000 children are born worldwide with β-thalassaemia, a type of hereditary anaemia that, that it presents asymptomatically...

New breakthrough in the treatment of Crohn’s disease using cell therapy

Crohn’s disease treatment using cell therapy. In 2009, Spanish researchers (see HERE) proposed the use of mesenchymal stem cells for the...

Tissues and organs production using 3D printing: a hopeful but distant possibility

A topic that has major ethical connotations is tissues and organs production using the innovative 3D printing technique. A recent article in The...

Embryonic stem cells treatment is used to treat spinal cord injury with apparent success

Doctors are careful not to predict Boesen’s future progress Keck Medical Centre of the University of Southern California (USC, United...

The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

The national prevention plan has proven to be ineffective The incidence of suicidal behaviour has risen in Spain from barely 6 cases per 100,000...

Euthanasia applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time

Last September, news spread that euthanasia had been applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time.  In 2014, Belgium became the second...

Functional artificial eggs obtained for the first time from mouse skin

Scientists in Japan have transformed mouse skin cells into eggs and have managed to obtain fertile offspring after their fertilisation (See...

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Does it improve the effectiveness of IVF?

PGD reduces the live birth rates when used with IVF. It entails undeniable manipulation of embryos, which if avoided is ethically favourable....