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 development raise bioethical concerns that must be considered. In this respect, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values...

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 repeats) technique as a gene editing tool. CRISPR/Cas9 is a natural system that provides bacteria with an adaptive response against viruses...

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 aggressive lung cancer as part of a clinical trial at the West China Hospital, according to an article published in Nature. The use of...

Ethical reflection on the latest biomedical experiments by Juan Carlos Izpisua and his group

Over the last few days, some of the biomedical experiments conducted by Juan Carlos Izpisua and his group — in which researchers from several Spanish universities take part — have been widely reported by various media. Let us say at the outset that we see no need to highlight the...
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ABOUT US

 About us The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016

Human life biological beginning

Fertilisation is the dynamic and temporal process by which an individual is formed from materials supplied by its parents. Fertilisation is a process with epigenetic temporal dynamics: the genetic information inherited is fed back by the process itself (by an interaction of the...

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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What is the current clinical usefulness of stem cell treatments, embryonic and iPS cells?

Human adult stem cells (iPS) have been found to be the most clinically useful human cells for therapeutic purposes Pluripotent cells (iPS) are defined as those from which cells of different tissue types can be obtained. These can be obtained either from preimplantation human...

Human gene editing controversy. Summit concludes with divergent opinions

Despite differences, nearly everyone at the meeting agreed that efforts to use gene editing after birth to correct defects in non-reproductive cells should continue. When nearly 500 scientists, ethicists, legal experts and advocacy groups from more than 20 countries came together...

Improved efficacy in the generation of iPS cells for clinical use

One of the difficulties in the use of reprogrammed cells (iPS cells) is the low efficiency. Now, a technical step has been taken to substantially increase this. Using it, Australian researchers, combining it with the genome editing technique CRISPR-Cas9, have been able to...