Transsexuality and elite sport: scientific and ethical aspects

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (read HERE) attempts to clarify some of the concerns raised following the controversy that erupted after the publication of an earlier paper in the same journal. The paper in question concerned the conflict created by...

Review of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Lights and shades

There is no doubt about the importance of genetic tests for medicine. However, direct-to-consumer genetic tests are also a huge line of business in development. There are three main reasons for the increase in genetic tests: Recent series of FDA approvals surrounding the...

Review of medical and ethical aspects of penis transplantion

A controversial bioethical dilemma is penis transplant feasibility, balance risk-benefice and the need to maintain the patient on lifelong immunosuppressive therapy, the organ donor shortage and the high economic cost of the long process. In May 2018, we published a comprehensive...

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...

Frozen human embryos are collapsing fertility clinics capacity of storage. Bioethical approach

Frozen embryos abandoned. Short review Earlier this year, CBS News published an interesting review with the evocative title Tens of thousands of embryos are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics, an issue we have addressed several times in our Observatory because it is a great...

3D bioprinting for regenerative medicine and to produce organs. State of the art and an ethical reflection

A recent article published in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Volume 120, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 128-132) made a great review with the suggestive title 3D Bioprinting: principles, fantasies and prospects. It is based on a PubMed/MEDLINE search that...

A review of the relationship between same sex attraction and genetics: new findings for an old dilemma

Introduction Much has been written about the factors that trigger same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior. The possible existence of genetic determinants that are detectable in individuals with homosexual orientation has been the subject of study on many occasions, for very...

Demographic winter in Europe. Replacement levels fails to meet generational replacement based in Eurostat’s recent data

Europe does not meet generational replacement levels, which is probably one of the most serious social problems in this part of the world. Never has it been more justified to assign Europe the classic name of “the Old Continent”. It is often said that some countries has been...

Journal of Medical Ethics article defends conscientious objection on the same grounds on which has been heavily criticised: abortion provision

Under the provocative title of Questionable benefits and unavoidable personal beliefs: defending conscientious objection for abortion, an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) has defended the conscientious objection of medical professionals in the key area of abortion...

Trachea transplants. Medical and ethical assessment of Paolo Macchiarini’s experiments

An interesting article was published recently in “The American Journal of Bioethics” (read HERE), that gives a brief history of the controversial trachea transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-workers (see HERE) our previous news about the case)....