Cerebral organoids produced from embryonic stem cells

A group of researchers in La Jolla, California, have produced three-dimensional  cerebral organoids (“mini-brains”) from human embryonic stem cells, later comparing the functionality of the tissue produced with samples of brain tissue from human foetuses with the same...

Every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors by law

Very soon, each and every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors. They will be automatically included in this register, without having expressed their desire to donate at any time or having initiated any procedure to do so (organ donors...

Public funds authorised for production of human-animal chimeras

In September 2005, the dedication of public financial aid by the National Health Institutes for experiments on transferring human stem cells to animal embryos to produce chimeras was banned. However, on 4 August this year, this ban was lifted for certain experiments, and it was...

World’s first face transplant recipient dies. Time to reconsider the ethics of this practice

It seems that in the light of what happened to Isabelle Dinoire, it might be time to reconsider the ethical aspects of facial transplantation. According to French newspaper Le Figaro (06/09/2016), Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman who underwent the world’s first face...

Organ transplant in AIDS patients

Organ transpalnt and renal failure. It is known that anti-retroviral treatments are allowing AIDS patients to become long-term chronically-ill patients. This means that many of them may suffer concomitant diseases throughout their lifetime. One such condition that often occurs in...

Uterus transplant. Medical and ethical reflection

We must reflect on the uterus transplantation ethical problems that may accompany it, in relation to both the donor as well as the recipient and the child The results of the first clinical trial on living donor uterus transplantation have been published, which included nine...

Governments ban gay men blood donation with nuances

Restrictions in different countries European law The European Court of Justice ruled that EU governments may ban gay men from ever donating blood, but only under strict conditions. United States The ruling was closely watched by activists and by governments that have lifetime...

Penis transplant and its future possibilities. Medical and ethical assessment

According to an article published in JAMA (see HERE) in April 2016, between 2001 and 2013, more than 1300 men in the United States army who had been posted to Afghanistan or Iraq experienced urogenital trauma; 86 of these suffered severe penile injuries. According to the US...

Tracheal transplants debate performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital continues

The debate regarding the ethicality of the tracheal transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm continues. A consequence of this controversy has been the resignation of Anders Hamsten as Vice-Chancellor of the Karolinska Institute, the same...

First organ transplants from a newborn in the United Kingdom

The first organ transplants have been performed in Hammersmith Hospital of London using organs from a newborn who died 6 days after birth. The kidneys and part of the liver were harvested. One recipient with renal failure received kidneys, and another was given a transfusion of...