Organ donation from euthanized patients. The practice is controversial and currently only allowed in Belgium an Netherlands

In 2015, 2023 patients were euthanized only in Belgium.  Organ donation from euthanized patients These patients could, in theory, be organ donors; however, 926 (45.8%) were excluded because they were over 75 years old. A total of 684 organs were eventually useful for donation in...

Surrogacy in America for male same-sex couples. This is a “select group” for whom the cost of children is particularly high

Of the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 have children In 2014, approximately 37,800 male same-sex couples in the United States had children, most through gestational surrogacy.   Little is known about the reasons these couples have for choosing...

Genome sequencing in foetal .This prenatal diagnosis arrises a new level of complexity to medical, family and social decisions

Regardless of the legal judgment that abortion deserves in different countries, any action that may induce or facilitate abortion is ethically unacceptable. In 2012, a technique was developed that enabled the foetal genome to be determined in the first trimester of pregnancy,...

Medical errors is now the third cause of death in the United States

“Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States” (Washington Post, jun. 3 2016) A problem that fully affects biomedical ethics is medical errors, which can even lead to death of the patient involved. A recently published article in...

The most permissive assisted suicide country is Switzerland

Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, and moreover, is accessible without having to provide any reason. There are no rules that require the participation of a doctor, and most suicides are assisted by associations that support the right to a dignified death. Even though, in...

Review of the last advances in the producing of a functional intestine

A new step has been done to grow something therapeutically useful intestine in the long run (see the last article we published HERE). When it comes to growing intestines, the first inch is the hardest -, especially in a Petri dish. Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s...

Assisted reproduction ethics: bioethical and legal tangle

The European Court of Human Rights was hearing the case of Adelina Parrillo versus Italy.  The case goes back to 2002, when Adelina and her husband froze five embryos for future transfer. However, her husband died one year later. Adelina lost her dream of becoming a mother and...
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High suicide rates in American transsexuals. 40% had attempted suicide

According to a report by the U.S. Transgender Survey, an association aimed at defending the rights of transsexuals, 39% of trans people suffered severe psychological distress in the month prior to the interview carried out to obtain these data, compared to 5% of the United States...

“The Origins of AIDS” Book. Where did HIV come from?

Knowing how and where the infection of humans by HIV began is the source of numerous studies. Now, Jacques Pepin has written a book “The Origins of AIDS” (University Press), where he addresses this problem brilliantly. According to Pepin, the disease is the result of a jump in...

Ethical questions about mitochondrial replacement in humans. Three-parent baby technique

We thus consider it necessary to establish a moratorium on their use in humans, at least until more is known about these aspects. If this knowledge is obtained, ethical questions would still remain to be resolved, among which we consider the most relevant to be those related to...