Development of gene-editing tool better than CRISPR-CAS9

Scientists from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA) have published a paper in the journal Nature, in which they present a new gene-editing method, which they have called “prime editing”, describing it as “a versatile and precise genome editing method that directly writes new...

STD epidemic out of control. Considerable increase after decades of worldwide prevention programs. Why?

Our Observatory has published a report on the devastating effects of the dramatic rise of syphilis infection and STD (read HERE) based in an official European study published last October. Now U.S. report has shown the same alarming trend among Americans, confirming the World...

A brief review of access to palliative care in the world. Evaluation and ethical aspects

Our Observatory is following the palliative care issue as an urgent global ethical matter to be resolved, both in developed countries and in the rest of the world (read HERE). We said in a recent article “the consideration of the dignity of the suffering human person,...

Transsexuality and elite sport: scientific and ethical aspects

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (read HERE) attempts to clarify some of the concerns raised following the controversy that erupted after the publication of an earlier paper in the same journal. The paper in question concerned the conflict created by...

Births to women aged 25 and under have steadily decreased and number of over-45s is at the highest level

The current mother’s age of the first child is on the rise in Western societies. Our Observatory is following this trend because it has objective social, medical, demographic and ethical problems. Some culture facts and  specialized medical services encourage this option as...

Namibia’s strategy to reach UNAIDS HIV targets will be implemented in the U.S.

Last September, we reported that the UK has UNAIDS targets achieved: 90%-90%-90%: for the diagnosis, treatment, and transmission of HIV (read HERE). joining a group that already included Namibia. The fact that Namibia reached UNAIDS goal before the UK and many developed countries...

The largest program of uterus transplant from living donors. A third baby was born

The Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute unveiled that a third baby (girl) had been born in a uterus transplant clinical trial, in a case of absolute uterine factor infertility. This latest birth is the result of an...

East European countries in the forefront of the prolife culture. Slovakia’s initiative

“Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia’s capital on Sunday calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country”, affirmed Reuters from Bratislava, Slovakia, 2 months ago. Reuters continued with interesting news, “Abortions...

A Japanese woman has become the first person with a cornea repaired using iPS, but NHS also obtained good result in this field

We have published two articles on this issue, both in the first stage of health authorities’ approval (see HERE  about Holoclar and a more recent promising finding, see HERE) on this matter. Cornea repair with iPS cells Last September, an article published in NATURE Journal...

Is vaping a new dangerous drug? A short review of the issue focused on the US

Two recent news articles have asked us to think about it: The first is that the prevalence of “vaping” among adolescents in the United States has more than doubled since 2017. According to data from the New England Journal of Medicine (see HERE), an objective increase...