European Members of European Parliament fail to approve Reproductive Sexual Health Report

European MPs fail to approve the Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health. With 351 in favour, 319 against and 18 abstentions, European MPs have referred the Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health report, which was written by Portuguese socialist Edite Estrella, back to the...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Is it ethical to universally administer the human papilloma virus vaccine to adolescents?

Universal human papilloma vaccination in adolescents has given rise to a major bioethical controversy. On the one hand, this practice may have positive medical effects for those vaccinated, but on the other, widespread promotion of this vaccine on the part of healthcare...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Opposition to abortion grows more in the Southern and Mid-Western United States

40% of Americans think that abortion should be declared illegal. Nevertheless, significant differences have been noted from state to state. The opinion of Americans regarding abortion varies widely from state to state: citizens of northern and western states generally show a more...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Significant step forward in the use of iPS cells in human clinical applications

As our readers are well aware, in 2006 Jun Takahashi and Shinya Yamanaka perfected a technique known as cellular reprogramming, which produces undifferentiated cells (iPS cells) from differentiated adult cells. These cells are similar to the embryonic cells. From these iPS cells...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Is it ethical to conceive a child from three genetic parents?

Within the ample sphere of human cloning, a new and controversial option has emerged: producing children from three genetic parents. This has been made possible through the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique, which basically consists of removing the nucleus from an egg,...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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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...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014
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Alternative to the use of saviour siblings

One alternative to the creation and use of saviour siblings is the possibility of deriving cell lines from the embryos created (saviour embryos). Cells are then differentiated from them that can be transplanted to treat the sick sibling (Reproductive Biology online 20; 667-674,...
Posted On 04 Feb 2014
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Early embryo development raises ethical concerns

Although quite technical in nature, there is an issue which is linked to early embryo development that also raises some significant ethical concerns, that is, how pluripotency in embryonic cells is controlled (the ability to form cells from all tissues using embryonic stem...
Posted On 14 Jan 2014
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An study can allow the understanding of male and female infertility

Since the successful creation of iPS cells, the generation of cell lines from different tissues has been widely performed. Their use has been recently extended to the production of human gametes in an attempt to study the causes of male and female infertility. The production of...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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Madrid hosted a European Congress on Transsexuality

The city of Madrid hosted the Second European Congress on Transsexuality, which offered a forum on many of the medical issues associated to sex reassignment surgery. Many lightly affirm that, this procedure should be performed, given that it is technically possible to do so....
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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