Human life biological beginning

Fertilisation is the dynamic and temporal process by which an individual is formed from materials supplied by its parents. Fertilisation is a process with epigenetic temporal dynamics: the genetic information inherited is fed back by the process itself (by an interaction of the...

Prohibition of experimentation with human embryos ratified by the Italian Constitutional Court

“Banning of all clinical and experimental human embryos experimentation that is not to its benefit” The ban on experimenting on human embryos remains in force in Italy. This was established in the Constitutional Court with a ruling in which the Court rejected the...

Mitochondrial replacement used for the first time in viable human embryos

An article has been recently published in scientific journal Nature (534; 383–386, 2016), describing the application of mitochondrial  technique in viable human embryos. This experiment is considered  as the first preclinical study in humans in this field. Mitochondrial...

Human embryo. His moral status according to Michael Sandel

THE STATUS OF THE HUMAN EMBRYO ACCORDING TO MICHAEL SANDEL Justo Aznar*, Vicente Bellver**, Gloria Casanova and Mª José Torres   Abstract: Michael Sandel is one of the most socially committed North American philosophers. In this paper, we analyse his thoughts in relation to...
Posted On 18 Oct 2016
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Human embryos manipulation for possible biomedical uses is permitted. Ethical assessment

It is often said that in scientific research, anything that can be done, will be done, regardless of its ethical connotations. This is what seems to have occurred in the light of an article published on 4th May this year in Nature (doi:10.1038/nature17948), entitled...

Maternal foetal dialogue. Cross to the mother via the placenta and affect her physiological functions

 This physiological mechanism is only just beginning to be understood In a previous article, we referred to the maternal foetal dialogue in the genomic area (See HERE). It is now known (BioEssays 37; 1106-1118,2015) that foetal cells, which can cross to the mother via the...

Human embryo and its mother. Their dialogue extends to the genomic area

A key issue in the Masters in Bioethics taught at our Catholic University is the “biological status of the human embryo”, because demonstrating that the early human embryo (from the blastocyst phase) is a biological being of our species and not a uniform cluster of...

Dignity of the human embryo from fecundation is recognised by the European Court of Human Rights

On 27 August, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgement in the case of Parrillo vs. Italy (Application no. 46470/11), rejecting by 16 to 1 the applicants desire to donate human embryos to be used in biomedical research, an act...

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...

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...
Posted On 09 Feb 2015
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