Fraudulent cell therapy. South Korea increases safety regulations

It is known that cell therapy is not free from risks (see our article on fraudulent cell therapy), and that possibilities are sometimes offered that do not comply with minimal safety regulations. In an attempt to avoid this, South Korea has amended its safety regulations for the...

Mother to child transmission of HIV? Now affected couples could conceive a healthy child naturally

Mother to child transmission of HIV is almost resolved. When the existence of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was described in 1980, it was thought that this could directly affect their chances of conceiving a child. However, with the therapeutic advances...

Comprehensive and thorough study of the relationship between attendance at religious services and reduction in mortality

The authors concluded consider that religiousness and spirituality are undervalued in relation to morbidity and mortality, so physicians should take this into account in their patients The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and...

Mitochondrial transfer. Researchers extend the procedure to treat infertility problems

So-called mitochondrial transfer has recently been legalised in the United Kingdom. It aims to replace “sick” mitochondria with healthy ones, in an attempt to prevent mitochondrial diseases. Now, researchers hope to extend this technique to replace aging or faulty...

Does human papilloma virus vaccination encourage sexual promiscuity?

An ethical issue that often arises is to determine whether human papilloma virus, HPV vaccination could encourage sexual relations between adolescents who have been vaccinated. This was tackled in an extensive study published in JAMA (175; 617-623,2015), which concluded that...

Surrogate motherhood opposed by various feminist associations

Various feminist associations have spoken out against surrogate motherhood. In this respect, a contribution of a grouping of feminist and human rights organisations to the Hague Conference, an inter-governmental organisation that defends the rights of the family, stated that:...

Essure. Negative side effects of this contraceptive

The contraceptive Essure appears to have objective side effects. The North American FDA has received 5,093 complaints of such effects, although complainant groups state that more than 25,000 women have suffered some effect, such as persistent pain, perforation of the uterus or...

Animal cloning. Large factory set up in China

At the beginning of 2016, an animal cloning centre – company BoyaLife – began operation in China, with an investment of 31.3 million US dollars. The aim is to clone cows, dogs and racehorses. The aim is to produce a million cow embryos annually to facilitate the...

Improved efficacy in the generation of iPS cells for clinical use

One of the difficulties in the use of reprogrammed cells (iPS cells) is the low efficiency. Now, a technical step has been taken to substantially increase this. Using it, Australian researchers, combining it with the genome editing technique CRISPR-Cas9, have been able to...

Animal experimentation controversy. Research institutes oppose new initiative by animal rights activists

“Prohibiting animal experiments would very negatively affect new advances” Animal rights activists sent a letter to the European Commission on 3rd March this year, in which they requested that experiments on animals be banned. Against this proposal, more than 120...