The Conception of Synthetic Entities from a Bioethics Perspective

Our Observatory published a paper in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics that for its relevance we want to make known our readers Synthetic biology bioethics perspective In this study, the authors affirmed that Synthetic biology opens up the possibility of producing new...

How could synthetic biology facilitate cancer treatments?

Cancer new treatment using synthetic biology At the present time, there are objective limitations for treating certain diseases, such as cancer. Now, Kitada and colleagues study published in NATURE (See HERE) have suggested that part of these limitations can be resolved using...

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

Can these discoveries produce “synthetic life”? On 24th March this year, an article by Craig Venter and his team was published in Science (see HERE), in which they described how they obtained an organism with the smallest genome of any known form of cell life....

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. The production of “new” organisms

It is a promising technology that raises new ethical and philosophical issues, but which may also open great new opportunities for improving human life The aim of synthetic biology is to produce new biological systems that can be used to improve those currently existing, or to...
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Concerns about latest researches by Juan Carlos Izpisua’s group

There is no doubting the importance of biomedical research carried out by Juan Carlos Izpisúa and his team (1). Their work is focused mainly on: a) the production of hybrids or human-animal chimeras; b) the development of methods to make the CRISPR technique more efficient (see...

Scientists with 3D – bioink technique print a cornea that mimic human ones. Great hope to patients waiting for cornea donation

Science Daily published an article with the title, 3D printed artificial corneas similar to human ones, we extract the following text, “When a person has a severely damaged cornea, a corneal transplant is required. However, there are 2,000 patients waiting for the cornea...

Trachea transplants. Medical and ethical assessment of Paolo Macchiarini’s experiments

An interesting article was published recently in “The American Journal of Bioethics” (read HERE), that gives a brief history of the controversial trachea transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-workers (see HERE) our previous news about the case)....

Bioethics of artificial genomes. New method to produce minimal genomes is discovered. Does it really create life?

On 1 April this year, the journal PNAS published an interesting article in which Swiss researchers described how they obtained a minimal artificial genome. Obtaining minimal genomes, which contain only the genes that are essential to maintain the life of an organism, are one of...

Current treatment of transgender youth includes the suppression of puberty that has direct consequences on the development of the minor.

A relevant ethical, moral and legal medical unresolved issue is the current treatment suppressing puberty of diagnosticated transgender children. Has it direct consequences on the development of the minor? We extracted a topic from a peer-reviewed large Spanish study which make a...