ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

Environmental ethics review by Robin Attfield Robin Attfield is a long-standing participant in a new branch of Philosophy that has come to be known as Environmental Ethics. This short format book deals with the issues of environmental ethics from many different points of view....

Could CRISPR gene editing tool eradicate entire species? Spanish Institute releases a campaign to eradicate cockroache

Could cockroaches enter in the category of endangered species? Researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona want to use the CRISPR gene editing tool to eradicate cockroaches. The strategy would consist of expanding a harmful genetic trait (sterility) in the...

Gene drive used in mammals for the first time. Possible effects of the genome modification of entire species

Could we change natural design without mayors consequences?  Gene drive technology allows genome of entire species to be modified, has been used for the first time in mammals (mice). The article has not yet been published, but it can already be read on the online preprint server...

Increase the use of natural solutions in the fight against climate change. VIDEO

Don’t miss the bellow animation explaining video. Nature is our greatest ally in the fight against climate change and preserving biodiversity Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Oxford’s Department of Zoology, discusses the...

The Conception of Synthetic Entities from a Bioethics Perspective

Our Observatory published a paper in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics that for its relevance we want to make known our readers Synthetic biology bioethics perspective In this study, the authors affirmed that Synthetic biology opens up the possibility of producing new...

Are biohackers out of control? Gene editing kits offered on Internet permit re-engineer DNA

What could happen when you democratize science -not authorized lab not professional responsibility – and give anyone the ability to edit DNA? In the past few years, so-called biohackers across the country have taken gene editing into their own hands. As the equipment...

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...