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...

CRISPR/Cas9 for the treatment of haemophilia and other hereditary diseases is being investigated

CRISPR/Cas9 a genetic practise The use of CRISPR/Cas9 , to which we have often referred in Bioethics News (see HERE), in reference to the fact that it could be used to cure diseases due to an alteration in a single gene, is being investigated to treat haemophilia and other...

iPS cells derived from HIV-resistant individuals for the treatment of HIV infection

New technique: It involves iPS cells from HIV-resistant individuals for the treatment of people infected  Some people have a mutation in their genome (CCR5A32) that gives them certain resistance to HIV infection. Taking advantage of this situation, a step has now been taken that...

Genetic selection of embryos: a technique that is clearly eugenic

Just 35 years ago, the world witnessed the birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby. At the beginning of this month, just a few days before the anniversary of this event, a team at the University of Oxford announced at the European Society of Human Reproduction and...
Posted On 17 Jan 2016
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Human embryo and its mother. Their dialogue extends to the genomic area

A key issue in the Masters in Bioethics taught at our Catholic University is the “biological status of the human embryo”, because demonstrating that the early human embryo (from the blastocyst phase) is a biological being of our species and not a uniform cluster of...

Designer babies. Searching for the perfect child

Designer children. In our opinion, these technologies encourage children to be considered as a product that can be selected or rejected. We, therefore, consider that a moratorium should be proposed A recently published article in Fertility and Sterility (103; 342-343, 2015) from...