Could self-driving cars with no human intervention raise ethical difficulties?

According to the New York Times (15 May 2015), Google is experimenting with a fleet of 100 electric self-driving cars that are designed to drive themselves with complete autonomy (now with 1 million miles traveled). The user travels as a passenger, and cannot even act as a...

Genetic enhancement of unborn children. Is it ethically acceptable?

Using techniques aimed at “improving” the human being, so-called genetic enhancement raises objective ethical problems. This has now been extended to the prenatal period, with the use of genetic techniques in unborn children. The author of the article in question,...

Teenage pregnancy rates in South and North America

Different teenage pregnancy rates studies. The birth rate for teenage mothers (15 to 19 years) in Colombia is 69 per 1000 women of this age. In Chile this figure is 55, in Peru 51, in Argentina 54, in Paraguay 67 and in Bolivia 72. Teenage pregnancy rates in the United Kingdom is...

Galileo’s sentence. Where is the truth?

Has the suffering endured by Galileo at the hands of Churchmen and institutions been acknowledged? John Paul II recognised the greatness of Galileo, and deeply regretted the mistakes of those theologians. In fairness though, it should be said that a great myth has been created...

Genitally mutilated women and girls in the United Kingdom

An estimated 170,000 women and girls who have suffered genital mutilation live in the United Kingdom (British Medical Journal 2015; 350:n167).

Ectopic pregnancy risk. Can it be reduced without ethical problems ?

Ectopic pregnancy is a potential complication of assisted reproduction techniques. The question that arises is, can anything be done to prevent it? A recent article (Fertility and Sterility 103; 655-661, 2015) found that the lowest rates of ectopic pregnancies were obtained when...

Next-generation stem cell therapy approved in Europe

The European Commission has given conditional approval next-generation stem cell therapy to the product known as Holoclar to be used in burns to the eyes. Holoclar is a new cell therapy that is produced using corneal epithelial cells from the patient’s healthy eye, which...

IUD failures

Two types of intrauterine devices IUDs are used today: one impregnated with levonorgestrel, which is released little by little, and an IUD with copper only.The Pearl index (which reports the effectiveness of a birth control method) was 0.06 for the IUD impregnated with...

Suicide rates rise in the United States

Suicide rates rise dramatically in certain age groups in the United States. A study of  by the United States Centres for Disease Control (CDC) shows that between 1999 and 2010, the suicide rate in people aged between 35 and 65 rose by 28.4% in North America (MMWR Morbi Mortal...

Designer babies. Searching for the perfect child

Designer children. In our opinion, these technologies encourage children to be considered as a product that can be selected or rejected. We, therefore, consider that a moratorium should be proposed A recently published article in Fertility and Sterility (103; 342-343, 2015) from...