Seven latest biomedical breakthroughs which present new ethical challenges

Introduction When technical breakthroughs are made in the field of biomedicine, they are always aimed at achieving positive ends, both experimental and biomedical, but they can very often raise ethical and medical concerns. Balance between the risks and benefits This diatribe...

German Ethics Council statement about germline intervention overlooks current use of embryos in this line of research

Last year, the birth of the first genetically modified babies shook the world (see HERE). The German Ethics Council now presents a comprehensive ethical investigation into possible interventions in the genome of human embryos or germ cells. The Council does not deem the human...

Around the debate of CRISPR human experiments. New global registry is proposed and a moratorium in reproductive germline editing

There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing, an expert committee convened to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists,...

Scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards to stop rogue gene-editing of human embryos

Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. A recent article makes an update of the measures that the scientific community is implementing to avoid implantation of edited embryos. It says  Now, nearly two...

CRISPR-mediated therapeutic editing corrects a genetic disease in mice’s fetuses. May it pave way in humans?

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Institute (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania have published the first proof-of-concept demonstrating the possibility of using CRISPR gene editing to cure diseases in utero (Nature Medicine). Using this strategy, they...

Human embryos research and the Politics of Bioethics

Ethical objective questions posed by human embryo experimentation are exacerbated by the deregulate gene editing techniques research including biohackers A book has been published by Columbia University, entitled “Experiments in Democracy. Human Embryo Research and the Politics...

Genome editing and germ line modification. Medical and ethical debate

Genetic modification of the human germline that will pass to children, and to future Gene editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to correct a disease-causing mutation. Early approaches were based on the recognition of...
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The slow advance of gene therapy now face a more promising chapter

Gene therapies are surely the most complex drugs in history. After a traditional trial-and-error phase, they now face a more promising chapter that is not without risks. Forty-five years ago in Science, Theodore Friedmann of the University of California, San Diego prophetically...

Penis transplantation. Ethical aspects that should not be ignored

The reasons for which penis transplantation may be required are varied and include work accidents, tumors and severe congenital abnormalities of the penis. It may also be required due to complications following circumcision, which occurs particularly in countries in which this...

Scientists cloned human embryos and modify their genome. Medical and ethical approach

The technique has 2 ethical difficulties human embryo cloning and germline modifications Over the last few months, several articles have been published reporting genome editing experiments on human embryos (See HERE  ). Now, a team of Chinese researchers has published a new study...