Synthetic Biology. Engineering and biology combined to create a minimal genome

Producing living beings with new characteristics by an artificial synthesis of a minimal genome to then transplant it into a living cell On 24th March this year, an article by Craig Venter and his team was published in Science, in which they described how they obtained an...

Another step forward in the field of synthetic biology

DNA is the organic support for genetic information. It is arranged in two parallel columns within the chromosomes. It is made up of base pairs of nucleotides (adenine, cytosine, thymine and guanine), which form the main structural element of DNA. They are molecules composed of a...

The ethics of synthetic biology

How synthetic biology could affect biodiversity, since on producing new forms of life, the number of species that currently exist could increase; how the production of new organisms could affect the concepts of health and disease, to what extent synthetic biology could affect...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014
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Is egg donation an exploitation of women? Three comments on business egg donation

Egg Donation Often Involves Coercion Egg donors are recruited through ads in online classifieds, social media, and college newspapers, offering anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. These ads rarely if ever make any mention of the potential health risks involved, nor do they reveal...

CRISPR. Viable human embryos genetically edited in the USA. Technique and ethical controversies

Numerous complications could go unnoticed in this study On 26th July, the journal MIT Technology Review  announced that the CRISPR technique (see HERE) had been applied in human embryos for the first time in the United States, in a study led by embryologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov of...

New artificial species. Could they affect biodiversity?

An article was recently published in the blog Practical Ethics, defending the use of synthetic biology and gene editing to obtain new organisms that do not exist in nature. Its author argues that if biodiversity is valuable, then it should be promoted, adding new species instead...

Mediterranean anaemia can be treated using gene therapy

Every year, around 300,000 children are born worldwide with β-thalassaemia, a type of hereditary anaemia that, that it presents asymptomatically in most cases, can become fatal. With around 250 million people affected, β-thalassaemia is estimated to be the most common hereditary...
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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

Xenobiology and environment

Synthetic biology and xenobiology could be great tools for improving the environment, but there must be a balance in which the pursuit of benefits for humans is combined with respect for nature and its laws. On 15th May 2015, Pope Francis published his encyclical Laudato si, in...

Is progress being made towards the creation of artificial life?

Recent press reports have highlighted what appears to be a major advance towards the creation of artificial life, when they reported the total synthesis of the first chromosome of an organism, a yeast, that is biologically more similar to humans than to bacteria[1]. The study was...
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