Surrogate motherhood moral dilemma. Our bioethical assessment

The “professional model” defends the right of the surrogate mother to decide whether or not she wishes to have an abortion As we know, surrogacy...

More facts about the human fertilization process

During the fertilization process, a series of interactions take place between the sperm and the oocyte (egg), with the starting point of the...

First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethics appraoch after latest offical investigations

After the statement from Chinese geneticist Jiankui He that he and his team had achieved the birth of the first genetically modified babies (that...

The rehumanisation of progress. Intervention of Dr Gines Marco in the academic act of One Of Us

“One of Us” cultural platform, of which our Observatory is a member, is launched in Paris where more than 300 institutions and intellectuals,...

Leading doctors in reproductive medicine and transgender clinics open the door to trans women to get womb transplant

Ben Jones, a surgeon at Imperial and member of the Womb Transplant UK organisation is planning the first operations this year Dr Richard Paulson...

Global fertility rates decline. First study to provide data on the fertility of the worldwide population

The world population ages, TFRs decreased in all countries and territories of the world between 1950 and 2017, 33 countries showed a negative...

“For an Europe faithful to human dignity”. A cultural platform, of which our Observatory is a member, is launched in Paris

The Cultural Platform was launched – february 23 – in Paris at the Palais de Luxembourg meeting together national organizations that...

Children born from assisted reproduction techniques have an increased risk of obstetric and perinatal adverse effects

A recent large study confirms that children born through assisted reproduction techniques have 30-40% higher probability of suffering...

Debate on fraud in scientific papers continues. A complex and challenging issue for scientific journals

See video above A JAMA editor article titled Scientific Misconduct and Medical Journals focus on a scientific malpractice involving fabrication,...

In vivo cell reprogramming. A major step forward in regenerative medicine

Cell reprogramming  is revolutionizing the biomedical world, not only because it can obtain cells of different tissues from pluripotent cells,...

Induced abortion’s effect on the mother’s health and risk of death. Pregnancy, miscarriage and induced termination of pregnancy

Several studies have analysed the possible relationship between the history of pregnancies, miscarriages and induced abortion, and the risk of...

Legal aspects to take into account in the case of genetically modified babies in China

INTRODUCTION The news has come to light in numerous media: Chinese researcher He Jiankui and his team at SUSTech (Southern University of Science...

The status of person of the human embryo

The ultimate postmodern injustice is the refusal to recognise certain human individuals as persons * Introduction The continuing advances of...

The first genetically modified babies in China

A number of media outlets have reported the news: Chinese scientists produce genetically edited babies for the first time (see HERE and HERE....

The cryptic biological determinism of “sexual orientation”. Study on homosexual determinism

All attempts to demonstrate biological determinism of homosexuality lack sufficient rigour  The first thing to note is that sexual identity,...

Bioethical debate on the principle of Procreative Beneficence

Natural or artificial selection? See the below video about recent findings of the sophisticated selection in the natural fecundation process  The...

Human-mouse hybrids created with sperm produced from human testicular stem cells

According to a recent article (see HERE), a team of researchers has managed to produce human functional spermatids (as sperm precursor cells are...

Neuroscience. New experiments with brain rekindle the bioethical debate

Neuroscience research, with the ultimate goal of deepening our knowledge of the human brain, about which we still know so little, is advancing...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects  Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causi...