Review of medical and ethical aspects of penis transplantion

A controversial bioethical dilemma are penis transplant feasibility, balance risk-benefice and the need to maintain the patient on lifelong immunosuppressive therapy, the organ donor shortage and the high economic cost of the long process. In May 2018, we published a...

Violation of privacy of personal medical data of millions of American patients

“No warning having been given to patients or doctors.” A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (November 13, 2019), entitled Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry, tackles the massive violation of the right to privacy of patient data. The news...

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...

China approves the first Alzheimer’s drug, giving rise to a debate among experts

According to a news article published by Reuters – Medicine (see HERE), “China is fast-tracking approval for innovative drugs at home in a bid to offer more and cheaper options to patients, as many in the rapidly aging country struggle to find alternatives to costly treatments...

STD “silent epidemic” also becomes an important factor in the spread of mouth cancer

We reported the increase of STD in western countries that reached their historical peak and continue to grow – STD silent epidemic. Governments and supranational entities cannot stop their progress. Above we selected the more relevant of them: The silent global epidemic....

Genetic data privacy in U.S. questioned. Bioethical approach

Human gene sequencing is being used in medicine, and is also being commercialized on a large scale. Additionally, the ongoing Human Genome Project has created a huge database that is increasing daily. In this respect, the National Human Genome Research Institute in the U.S....

Frozen human embryos are collapsing fertility clinics capacity of storage. Bioethical approach

Frozen embryos abandoned. Short review Earlier this year, CBS News published an interesting review with the evocative title Tens of thousands of embryos are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics, an issue we have addressed several times in our Observatory because it is a great...

“How Gay Are You?” app has been criticized for being “misleading and irresponsible”

In September this year, our Observatory published a special report: A review of the relationship between same-sex attraction and genetics. The report cited a recent study on the matter, in which one of the authors [said that they] were unable to establish whether or not the...

CRISPR used to obtain single-sex offspring in mice

Israeli researchers have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool – read our special report on the issue – to obtain single-sex offspring in mice. In their article published in EMBO reports, the scientists managed to obtain almost exclusively female offspring from the...

Syphilis epidemic in Europe. The epidemic that have characterized the dark ages has reappeared.

Syphilis cases have skyrocketed in Europe, are more common in some countries than new cases of HIV infection, according to a report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Syphilis – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017 published in 2019, 33 189...