The New England Journal contents could be influenced by the particular ideological bent of the editorial board

The New England Journal of Medicine, which is among the most prestigious medical journals, is apparently not exempt from ideological biases in what it publishes. According to a study in the latest issue of Linacre Quarterly, from 2000 to 2017, the journal published more than 20...

Regenerative medicine. Rats’ heart muscle regenerated

Heart failure is caused by injury to the myocardium (the heart muscle), resulting in irreversible loss because this tissue cannot regenerate itself. Now, Bargehr and collaborators have managed to derive epicardial cells and growth factors from human embryonic stem cells that can...

Biggest one-year drop-in from all cancers in the U.S.

Last Tuesday, the American Cancer Society reported that for the 28th consecutive year the number of deaths due to cancer has decreased, but the really exciting news is the number of deaths, year to year, decreased by record levels (see HERE). Now, this latest report shows that...

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...

New finding – Mini-brains spontaneously produce electrical activity similar to the premature babies

“At what point can a mini-brain with brain activity be considered conscious?” Alysson Muotri, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and his team have improved the techniques for obtaining brain organoids and have discovered that, after a period...

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...

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....

“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...