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...

A review of recent increasing data on worldwide suicide. Dramatic rise among adolescents

A report published by the World Health Organization – WHO dated in September gives a worldwide overview of suicide “epidemic”.  This report summarizes in five points: Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide, there are many more...

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...

CRISPR human experiments. New global registry is proposed and a moratorium in reproductive germline editing

There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing, an expert committee convened to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists,...

Role of the fetal immune system in preterm labor. Upends conventional thinking about immune development

A very interesting article published in EurekAlert! discusses this highly relevant issue. “Preterm labor, a common pregnancy complication, has long been a mystery to scientists. But a new study from UC San Francisco shows it may sometimes happen when the fetal immune syst...

Scientists with 3D – bioink technique print a cornea that mimic human ones. Great hope to patients waiting for cornea donation

Science Daily published an article with the title, 3D printed artificial corneas similar to human ones, we extract the following text, “When a person has a severely damaged cornea, a corneal transplant is required. However, there are 2,000 patients waiting for the cornea...

“Saybie” is the smallest of the small healthy preterm baby born. A new paradigm is needed for premature babies

Five months ago, little Saybie was born. She weighed 245 grams. Not even a quarter of a kilo. She measured 23 cm from head to toe. Her life expectancy was almost zero. But she won the game. Never before had such a fragile baby survived! Saybie was born by cesarean section at 23...

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...

More than 47% of people who will die by 2060 will do so without adequate palliative care

Why palliative care universal access should be defended? Palliative care universal access for all A report from King’s College in London, published last week in The Lancet Global Health, predicts that by 2060, around 48 million people (47% of all deaths) will die without...

The UK has achieved the goals on the fight against the HIV epidemic. For this reason, London convened an international cities meeting to join forces

Last November, an article,  in British newspaper The Telegraph, announced that the UK had met UN targets on the diagnosis, treatment and transmission of HIV for the first time, amid falling numbers of infections from the virus. UNAids established global 90-90-90 targets in 2014....