Human embryo. His moral status according to Michael Sandel

THE STATUS OF THE HUMAN EMBRYO ACCORDING TO MICHAEL SANDEL Justo Aznar*, Vicente Bellver**, Gloria Casanova and Mª José Torres   Abstract: Michael Sandel is one of the most socially committed North American philosophers. In this paper, we analyse his thoughts in relation to...
Posted On 18 Oct 2016
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Human embryos manipulation for possible biomedical uses is permitted. Ethical assessment

It is often said that in scientific research, anything that can be done, will be done, regardless of its ethical connotations. This is what seems to have occurred in the light of an article published on 4th May this year in Nature (doi:10.1038/nature17948), entitled...

Foetal development. Did you know that the relationship with his mother during pregnacy conditions its subsequent emotional responses

A recent study in the International Journal of Behavioral Development has found that the type of relationship that a child has with its mother during her pregnancy (foetal development), and with its family during the first year of life, conditions its emotional responses during...

Can human iPS cells replace the use of human embryonic stem cells?

A hotly debated topic within the specialised scientific world is whether or not human iPS cells are similar to human embryonic cells, which raise too so many ethical issues. It is a mistake to believe that this, in principle, is a problem with exclusively technical implications,...

Maternal foetal dialogue. Cross to the mother via the placenta and affect her physiological functions

 This physiological mechanism is only just beginning to be understood In a previous article, we referred to the maternal foetal dialogue in the genomic area (See HERE). It is now known (BioEssays 37; 1106-1118,2015) that foetal cells, which can cross to the mother via the...

Genetic selection of embryos: a technique that is clearly eugenic

Just 35 years ago, the world witnessed the birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby. At the beginning of this month, just a few days before the anniversary of this event, a team at the University of Oxford announced at the European Society of Human Reproduction and...
Posted On 17 Jan 2016
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Human embryo and its mother. Their dialogue extends to the genomic area

A key issue in the Masters in Bioethics taught at our Catholic University is the “biological status of the human embryo”, because demonstrating that the early human embryo (from the blastocyst phase) is a biological being of our species and not a uniform cluster of...

Dignity of the human embryo from fecundation is recognised by the European Court of Human Rights

On 27 August, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgement in the case of Parrillo vs. Italy (Application no. 46470/11), rejecting by 16 to 1 the applicants desire to donate human embryos to be used in biomedical research, an act...

Genetic enhancement of unborn children. Is it ethically acceptable?

Using techniques aimed at “improving” the human being, so-called genetic enhancement raises objective ethical problems. This has now been extended to the prenatal period, with the use of genetic techniques in unborn children. The author of the article in question,...

Early embryonic development – He who will be a man is already one

When we listen to statements on early embryo development such as how a human embryo is not a human being, or that it is only a cluster of cells, or its biological significance is questioned or other similar phrases that try to minimize or take away importance from the early...