International discussion has been proposed about ethical use of embryoids, human embryo-like organoids in experiments

An article published in Nature, signed by notable personalities in the area of bioethics, discusses the ethical implications of embryoids (organoids) or embryo models, in vitro cell aggregates that model various regions of the embryo to allow their study. These studies are framed...

Human–animal hybrid advisability. Human brain gene introduced into monkeys that seems to increase their intelligence

“Genetic changes should not be introduced in higher animals, as this raises bioethical uncertainties.” Chinese scientists have recently produced transgenic monkeys by introducing a human brain gene into the animals during their embryonic development (produci...

Demographic winter in Europe. Replacement levels fails to meet generational replacement based in Eurostat’s recent data

Europe does not meet generational replacement levels, which is probably one of the most serious social problems in this part of the world. Never has it been more justified to assign Europe the classic name of “the Old Continent”. It is often said that some countries has been...

Journal of Medical Ethics article defends conscientious objection on the same grounds on which has been heavily criticised: abortion provision

Under the provocative title of Questionable benefits and unavoidable personal beliefs: defending conscientious objection for abortion, an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) has defended the conscientious objection of medical professionals in the key area of abortion...

Trachea transplants. Medical and ethical assessment of Paolo Macchiarini’s experiments

An interesting article was published recently in “The American Journal of Bioethics” (read HERE), that gives a brief history of the controversial trachea transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-workers (see HERE) our previous news about the case)....

Blood test highly accurate. It could identify Alzheimer’s 20 years before symptoms arise

“Ongoing research is changing the outlook on Alzheimer’s from hopeless to hopeful” Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains....

News about HPV confirm that universal child vaccination is needed

HPV vaccination need appears to be a incontrovertible medical and ethical issue The issue of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination gives rise to a lively debate, not only medical but also ethical and social. Read our report HERE. Now, a large study conducted in Scotland...

United States has the highest drug overdose mortality rates. The study points to the potential for drug overdose mortality to increase in others Western countries

A recent study piblished in Science Daily (February 21, 2019)  found that drug overdose death rates in the United States are 3.5 times higher on average when compared to 17 other high-income counties. A team from the University of Southern California led by Jessica Ho examined...

Reflections on Vincent Lambert paradigmatic case. Death of starvation promulgated by law, an objectively euthanasic act

An assisted death paradigmatic case in a country where euthanasia is not legal Our Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia considers that the death of Vincent Lambert following the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition is an objectively euthanasic act since, although...

The discovery of the restoration of brain circulation hours post-mortem could change current paradigms of death criteria

A recent article published in Nature (volume 568, pages336–343 (2019) appears to have a great impact on the current criteria of death that could even affect protocols of organ donation (read our article Organ donation for transplantation in children with cardiac arrest). To test...