Early embryonic development – He who will be a man is already one

When we listen to statements on early embryo development such as how a human embryo is not a human being, or that it is only a cluster of cells, or its biological significance is questioned or other similar phrases that try to minimize or take away importance from the early...

Parthenogenesis. A new possibility for regenerative medicine and a new bioethical dilemma

Parthenogenesis have allowed pluripotent stem cells to be obtained from oocytes (eggs) which have been stimulated to divide without having been fertilised by sperm. Can individuals be obtained from parthenogenesis? What is a partenote? Introduction A recent sentence from the...

Children with two genetic mothers and a genetic father from a personalist bioethics perspective

Two genetic mothers practice can genetically modify the germline and cause problems in offspring, by being genetically linked three people: two genetic mothers and a father. On 3rd February 2015, the British House of Commons gave the green light to the possibility of using a...
Posted On 08 May 2015
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Birth control and alarmist demographics predictions

Could alarmist demographic predictions, explain hard birth control measures, especially in developing countries? It is generally agreed that it is difficult to make demographic projections. The United Nations makes projections of this type for the world as a whole and for...

Infertility treatments or an attempt to delay having children?

Suppsosed suuport for infertility tratements featured by Apple and Facebook  is really an interest in employers “care for loved ones and raise their families”? Introduction. Last 15th October, NBC News featured a news story that was then picked up by a national...

Uterus transplant, birth of the first child. Ethical approach

Last 5th October, the birth of the first child born to a woman who had received a uterus transplant was published in medical journal The Lancet (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61728-1). The birth occurred on 4th September. From a medical point of view, this is clearly an important...

Do genes influence man’s liberty?

Debate is still raging in a philosophical-legal-scientific field, although it was back in 2009 that an Italian court reduced a murderer’s sentence by one year because experts identified that the person concerned had a gene called MAOA (monoamine oxidase A), which is...

Human embryo. Which biological entity is requiered?

Defining which biological entity can be considered a human embryo is an outstanding bioethical issue, since it can be manipulated depending  on whether it is recognised as so or not. This affects a great many biomedical practices, especially in the ethical assessment of the use...
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Is progress being made towards the creation of artificial life?

Recent press reports have highlighted what appears to be a major advance towards the creation of artificial life, when they reported the total synthesis of the first chromosome of an organism, a yeast, that is biologically more similar to humans than to bacteria[1]. The study was...

Is it morally licit to use cell lines obtained from currently stored embryonic stem cells?

One of our colleagues, a doctor in Molecular Biology who is currently conducting post-doctoral research in the United States, mentioned to us that he had “recently discovered that the cells with which he was working come from human embryos, the famous HEK-293 cells”....