Third-party reproduction, -egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy- is an incraesing social problem

Isn’t an only case? The issue is of great relevance because third-party reproduction -egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy- and the problems it entails has been transformed in a social matter which affects children and parents. Could we hide this increasing problem?...

2016 WHO report recomend HIV testing campaing as a response to the HIV pandemic

In April 2013, the Preventive Services Task Force of the United States, recommended testing of persons aged between 15 and 65 years  to determine whether they were carriers of the HIV virus, a recommendation which counters existing recommendations on testing only high-risk groups...
Posted On 20 Sep 2017
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Does the universal priciple, that all lifes are equal, should be apllied in all medical situations?

When it comes to saving lives, for instance when allocating organs for transplants, age plays an important role, in part because help is often a limited resource In 1956, economists Christopher Cundell and Carlos McCartney developed the QALY standard, which stands for...
Posted On 17 Sep 2017
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Current state of genetic test in in the United States. 69,104 Genetic Testing Units available

Now are 69,104 Genetic Testing Units available in United States market Of these, 59,531 assays a single analyte. 8,535 are panels that assay multiple genes or analytes for a common indication, and each panel is sold as a single orderable unit with its own test code in a...
Posted On 04 Sep 2017
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The Charlie Gard case. An ultimate dispassionate ethical reflexion

It is dangerous to exclude ethical judgment from medical decisions in which death is knocking at the door of life In medical cases in which death comes knocking at the door of life, circumstances arise that are not easy to judge and even less easy to resolve. Such cases can be...

Human tissues and organs produced using 3D techniques

In recent years, many efforts have been made by scientists and biomedical engineers to develop ex-vivo models of human tissues and organs using 3D printing techniques (see our report HERE) for various purposes. In particular, the potential organoids using 3D techniques can be...

Germ line genome editing. Current tendency is to accept it, with the ethical difficulties that it entails

In December 2015, an international summit took place in Washington D.C., convened by the United States National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, at which scientists, doctors, bioethicists and specialists in legal matters met to reach a consensus on the...

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...

First case of deceased donor uterine transplantation. It is a relevant medical and social issue

Being able to resolve the reproductive problems suffered by women who have no uterus – whether due to an organic cause or functional abnormality of the uterus – is unquestionably a major medical and social issue. The two possible solutions to this problem are uterus...

Recent findings. Children conceived through assisted reproduction, now adolescents, have more medical problems

These recent findings should be taken into consideration when making an ethical assessment of assisted reproduction. An issue that often arises is whether children conceived through assisted reproductive technique – ART (see HERE) present more medical and/or mental health...