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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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...
Posted On 27 Jan 2017
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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...

Reduced the risk of infection by iPS cells when transplanted

Another major advance in cell reprogramming and in obtaining iPS cells was achieved by researchers at Osaka and Kyoto universities, led by Masoto Nakagawa and Shinya Yamanaka, who succeeded in developing a method by which the cells generated have a lower risk of infection when...
Posted On 04 Jul 2014
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American Supreme Court bans patents for human genes

On 13th June, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that human genes could not be patented, either in their natural form, or isolated in a laboratory using genetic engineering techniques. Filed by the Association for Molecular Pathology, this appeal was...
Posted On 06 Mar 2014
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