Mind and machine. The ethics of brain-computer technologies

Last September, the Royal Society launched a report entitled iHuman: Blurring lines between mind and machine addressing neural interface technologies, the life-changing opportunities, and challenges, of brain-computer devices. Neural interfaces are defined in this study as the...

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...

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...

Development of gene-editing tool better than CRISPR-CAS9

Scientists from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA) have published a paper in the journal Nature, in which they present a new gene-editing method, which they have called “prime editing”, describing it as “a versatile and precise genome editing method that directly writes new...

STD epidemic out of control. Considerable increase after decades of worldwide prevention programs. Why?

Our Observatory has published a report on the devastating effects of the dramatic rise of syphilis infection and STD (read HERE) based in an official European study published last October. Now U.S. report has shown the same alarming trend among Americans, confirming the World...

Births to women aged 25 and under have steadily decreased and number of over-45s is at the highest level

The current mother’s age of the first child is on the rise in Western societies. Our Observatory is following this trend because it has objective social, medical, demographic and ethical problems. Some culture facts and  specialized medical services encourage this option as...

Namibia’s strategy to reach UNAIDS HIV targets will be implemented in the U.S.

Last September, we reported that the UK has UNAIDS targets achieved: 90%-90%-90%: for the diagnosis, treatment, and transmission of HIV (read HERE). joining a group that already included Namibia. The fact that Namibia reached UNAIDS goal before the UK and many developed countries...

The largest program of uterus transplant from living donors. A third baby was born

The Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute unveiled that a third baby (girl) had been born in a uterus transplant clinical trial, in a case of absolute uterine factor infertility. This latest birth is the result of an...

East European countries in the forefront of the prolife culture. Slovakia’s initiative

“Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia’s capital on Sunday calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country”, affirmed Reuters from Bratislava, Slovakia, 2 months ago. Reuters continued with interesting news, “Abortions...

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...