Human cloning for reproductive and therapeutic purpose. Ethical aspects.

Human somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) or human cloning  for reproductive and therapeutic purposes and oocyte use have objective ethical difficulties, principally that it objectifies the human embryo produced, it instrumentalises it, which goes against the dignity inherent to...

Embryonic stem cell lines has increased rapidly

In the last five years the number of embryonic stem cell lines has increased rapidly. In December 2012 there were 198 preserved cell lines available at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and more than 1,200 stem cell lines at the Human  Embryonic  Stem Cell Registry...
Posted On 29 Dec 2013
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This news will no doubt create new hope in the therapeutic use of iPS cells in humans

The therapeutic possibilities offered by iPS cells seem self-evident and are set to increase thanks to the Japanese government’s commitment to promoting research in this field. Indeed, according to an article in Nature Biotechnology (31; 272-273, 2013), Japan plans to build a 222...
Posted On 29 Dec 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 promote research using them. Indeed, according to an article in Nature Biotechnology (31; 272-273, 2013), the Japanese government are going...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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North America’s two cell therapy companies fined for medical fraud. Is it the tip of an iceberg?

The Federal Trade Commission in the United States, has filed its first punitive action against two cell therapy companies. The Regenerative Medical Group and the Telehealth Medical Group offer therapy with stem cells derived from amniotic fluid for autism, cerebral palsy, various...

Ears made in China, using 3D printing technique, are implanted in 5 children

A team of Chinese scientists has been able to implant ears created using an experimental technology that combines cultured patient’s cells with 3D printing in five children. The children suffered from microtia, a congenital external ear deformity that affects one in every...

First major step in the treatment of blood diseases from adult cells

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine  have developed an innovative method for obtaining blood cells (adult cells) from the endothelial cells of blood vessels (see HERE) to imporove blood diseases treatment. A peculiar characteristic of this technique is that abundant blood cells...

The biological status of the early human embryo. When does human life begin?

“Those who argue that that embryo can be destroyed with impunity will have to prove that this newly created life is not human. And no-one, to the best of our knowledge, has yet been able to do so.” Introduction In order to determine the nature of the human embryo, we need to know...

Human embryo. His moral status according to Michael Sandel

THE STATUS OF THE HUMAN EMBRYO ACCORDING TO MICHAEL SANDEL Justo Aznar*, Vicente Bellver**, Gloria Casanova and Mª José Torres   Abstract: Michael Sandel is one of the most socially committed North American philosophers. In this paper, we analyse his thoughts in relation to...
Posted On 18 Oct 2016
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Stem cells and the production of organoids at the forefront of biomedical science

There are topics in which biomedical interest merges with ethical interest. One of these is undoubtedly the subject of stem cells wich appears to be the biomedical science forefront. Few issues in the biomedical sciences arouse as much interest as these, and for this reason, the...