SPECIAL REPORTS

Medically assisted dying morality

The confusing terminology created by language engineering “medically assisted dying” (MAD) when referring to euthanasia and assisted suicide

Along with the objective, medical and ethical problems posed by euthanasia and assisted suicide, no less controversial are, those that arise in relation to language engineering [the semantic manipulation of the terminology] used around them. In our view, however, two groups should be distinguished in

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ableism incoherent ONU report
Current and verified emerging technologies information is necessary in order to be aware of any bioethical problems that may arise

NEWS

Organs waiting list. Shortage of organs for transplantation is increasing. What could be the reasons and measures to take in this health crisis.

Statement of ethicist and bishops after England starts the organ donation opt-out system

Opt-out law bioethical issues The opt-out law that presumes that all persons want to donate their organ, excluding informed consent, continues to be an issue of debate between ethicists and the Catholic Church. Defensors of the law argue that Spain that opt-out law and has

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Euthasia could be choosen because poor health care in Canada
Transgender scientific studies
Florence Nightingale defining aspect

LAST BRIEF NEWS

Every year 47,000 Americans die by suicide when is a preventable public health problem. The social impact of the suicide epidemic
Mental Health Awareness Month. Last figures of suicide in the United States
29 May 2020

Suicide continues to be a devastating public health problem in the United States. The last figures show that this epidemic is not controlled in the

Heart development in fetus is an important line of research both to prevent heart desease and confirm the biological status of human embyo
The heart of the human fetus could starts beating earlier than previously thought
14 May 2020

An experimental study in mice has found that the heart is formed in the fetus earlier than previously believed since it is thought that in

Many genetic diseases that would have to be analyzed have very low prevalence It seems a somewhat utopian project
Dating app for couples created using genetic information. Some technical and ethical issues to be resolved
24 April 2020

Our Observatory has published many articles on the undoubted benefits of genetic information and the eventual risks of a wrong application of this information (read

Although ther are reservations regarding the transfer of the experiments in humans.Monkey embryos development has been studied
Study of monkey embryos development could give clues to understand human embryos after implantation
25 February 2020

On 15 November last year, an article was published in the prestigious journal Science, which assessed the development of monkey embryos after their implantation in

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 Observatory.

The Observatory has a website in Spanish that was created on Decembre 2007 (see HERE), and we are now starting a new chapter with our website in English, given the importance of this language in the field of bioethical research.

Our website includes “Special reports”, based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the world’s top medical and scientific journals, such as the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo, matters regarding the end of life, especially euthanasia, assisted suicide and palliative care, and also some of the issues that are currently giving rise to major debates, including: assisted reproduction, surrogacy, use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill, transsexuality, genome editing, synthetic biology, production of human-animal chimeras for medical purposes and transhumanism.

Special Reports includes extensive reference material on these topics, which is constantly updated as new information becomes available. It is also a dynamic means of communication with our readers to reflect on these issues.