Washington State is the first to legalize human composting as an alternative to a traditional burial or cremation

Cremation, burial or compost. In the state of Washington in the United States, it is already possible to choose between these three options upon death. Whoever wishes can become compost for gardens and crops instead of being cremated or buried in a coffin. An article in Business...

International discussion has been proposed about ethical use of embryoids, human embryo-like organoids in experiments

An article published in Nature, signed by notable personalities in the area of bioethics, discusses the ethical implications of embryoids (organoids) or embryo models, in vitro cell aggregates that model various regions of the embryo to allow their study. These studies are framed...

Human–animal hybrid advisability. Human brain gene introduced into monkeys that seems to increase their intelligence

“Genetic changes should not be introduced in higher animals, as this raises bioethical uncertainties.” Chinese scientists have recently produced transgenic monkeys by introducing a human brain gene into the animals during their embryonic development (produci...

Russian scientist is waiting for the approval of the government to produce babies with a modified genome

Denis Rebrikov, a Russian molecular biologist, has made public his intention to modify the genome of human embryos and then implant them in women to produce genetically modified babies as soon as he can obtain the necessary permits, according to the journal Nature (see HERE)....

Specially designed computer software discovers “hidden consciousness” in coma patients

Some patients that become unresponsive following a significant brain injury retain a degree of ‘hidden consciousness’ and are more likely to make a recovery, neurologists at Columbia University have found (read HERE entire article). The new specially designed computer software...

Blood test highly accurate. It could identify Alzheimer’s 20 years before symptoms arise

“Ongoing research is changing the outlook on Alzheimer’s from hopeless to hopeful” Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains....

The Court of Arbitration in Sports puts an end to the participation of athlete with hyperandrogenism

Is it alone a matter of medication? The controversy is open Another social and ethical problem has arisen as a result of transsexuality, by allowing trans-women, who maintain theirmale hormone characteristics, to compete with an advantage against biologically normal women. In...

With the aim to find a new sources of organs for transplantation, Japan approves the first human-animal embryo experiments. Positive and negative apects

Scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi is the first researcher in Japan to receive permission from the government to create animal embryos that contain human cells human-animal chimeras and transplant them into surrogate animals for gestation, as explained in an article in the journal...

News about HPV confirm that universal child vaccination is needed

HPV vaccination need appears to be a incontrovertible medical and ethical issue The issue of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination gives rise to a lively debate, not only medical but also ethical and social. Read our report HERE. Now, a large study conducted in Scotland...

Artificial Intelligence (AI) bursts into the field of global health

There is no doubt that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be very helpful in the field of biomedicine. On 1 April 2019, “The Artificial Intelligence in Global Health”  report was published focusing on AI global health strong potentials. Funded by the USAID’s Center for Innovation...