HIV infection. Home self-test kits avaliable by post

In April 2015, the over-the-counter sale of HIV infection self-testing kits was approved in the United Kingdom. This measure has fostered certain debate about the ethicality of this practice. A study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (41; 809-813, 2015) concluded that...

Delaying motherhood is giving problems for both mothers and their children.

Delaying motherhood is known to cause problems for both mothers and their children. Now, we have further details on this topic. In an article published in PNAS (doi 10.1073/pnas.1409328111), it was shown that the children of older mothers (over 38-years-old), in addition to an...

iPS cells an ethical end effective technique for medical purposes

Now, for the first time, skeletal muscle cells have been derived from iPS successfully A concern raised some time ago is to determine whether the iPS cells produced from adult somatic cells have the specific characteristics of embryonic stem cells. If so, iPS cells could...

Sperm and egg donation anonymity does not appear to be justified

Sperm and egg donation – the donors and their children  will require re-evaluation of eachother relationships throughout the lifetime of the parties involved Anonymity in reproductive issues is being left behind. Thus, in their updated guidelines for gamete donation in...

The Orthodox Church opinion on embryo experimentation

What are the views of the Christian Orthodox church on experiments with human embryos? In the opinion of Mark Hodges, of St. Stephen’s Church in Lima, Ohio (Orthodox Research Institute; www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org), the opinion is clear: they defend the life of the unborn,...

Reduced the risk of infection by iPS cells when transplanted

Another major advance in cell reprogramming and in obtaining iPS cells was achieved by researchers at Osaka and Kyoto universities, led by Masoto Nakagawa and Shinya Yamanaka, who succeeded in developing a method by which the cells generated have a lower risk of infection when...
Posted On 04 Jul 2014
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Adult cells reprogramming technique (iPS) has been improved

One problem in reprogramming adult cells, using the technique proposed by Yamanaka in 2006, is that the percentage of cells reprogrammed is low, and not all are reprogrammed at the same time. Now, it appears that this problem has been resolved, after Israeli scientists developed...
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Interference in the use of contraceptives in HIV positive women

The use of contraceptives in HIV positive women who are receiving antiretroviral therapy could be problematic, since antiretroviral therapy may reduce the efficacy of contraceptives in preventing unwanted pregnancy, while oral contraceptives may increase the toxicity of...
Posted On 03 Jul 2014
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HIV Infection in India

There are approximately 2.39 million people infected with the HIV virus in India. This figure doesn’t seem very high when we compare it to that of Nigeria, which is 3.4 million and the 5.6 million people infected with HIV in South Africa, especially if we take into account...
Posted On 03 May 2014
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Is the diagnosis of Down Syndrome via blood tests useful?

“This test gives rise to false positives” The detection of foetal aneuploidies (the most common being Down syndrome) using a sample of the mother’s plasma (Clim Chem Lab Medical 51; 197-200, 2013), is no doubt an advance in the diagnosis of this type of disorder....
Posted On 01 Apr 2014
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