Washington State is the first to legalize human composting as an alternative to a traditional burial or cremation

Cremation, burial or compost. In the state of Washington in the United States, it is already possible to choose between these three options upon death. Whoever wishes can become compost for gardens and crops instead of being cremated or buried in a coffin. An article in Business...

International discussion has been proposed about ethical use of embryoids, human embryo-like organoids in experiments

An article published in Nature, signed by notable personalities in the area of bioethics, discusses the ethical implications of embryoids (organoids) or embryo models, in vitro cell aggregates that model various regions of the embryo to allow their study. These studies are framed...

Russian scientist is waiting for the approval of the government to produce babies with a modified genome

Denis Rebrikov, a Russian molecular biologist, has made public his intention to modify the genome of human embryos and then implant them in women to produce genetically modified babies as soon as he can obtain the necessary permits, according to the journal Nature (see HERE)....

Demographic winter in Europe. Replacement levels fails to meet generational replacement based in Eurostat’s recent data

Europe does not meet generational replacement levels, which is probably one of the most serious social problems in this part of the world. Never has it been more justified to assign Europe the classic name of “the Old Continent”. It is often said that some countries has been...

Journal of Medical Ethics article defends conscientious objection on the same grounds on which has been heavily criticised: abortion provision

Under the provocative title of Questionable benefits and unavoidable personal beliefs: defending conscientious objection for abortion, an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) has defended the conscientious objection of medical professionals in the key area of abortion...

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)....

Specially designed computer software discovers “hidden consciousness” in coma patients

Some patients that become unresponsive following a significant brain injury retain a degree of ‘hidden consciousness’ and are more likely to make a recovery, neurologists at Columbia University have found (read HERE entire article). The new specially designed computer software...

Blood test highly accurate. It could identify Alzheimer’s 20 years before symptoms arise

“Ongoing research is changing the outlook on Alzheimer’s from hopeless to hopeful” Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains....

The Court of Arbitration in Sports puts an end to the participation of athlete with hyperandrogenism

Is it alone a matter of medication? The controversy is open Another social and ethical problem has arisen as a result of transsexuality, by allowing trans-women, who maintain theirmale hormone characteristics, to compete with an advantage against biologically normal women. In...

With the aim to find a new sources of organs for transplantation, Japan approves the first human-animal embryo experiments. Positive and negative apects

Scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi is the first researcher in Japan to receive permission from the government to create animal embryos that contain human cells human-animal chimeras and transplant them into surrogate animals for gestation, as explained in an article in the journal...