The biological status of the early human embryo. When does human life begins?

“Those who argue that that embryo can be destroyed with impunity will have to prove that this newly created life is not human. And no-one, to the best of our knowledge, has yet been able to do so.” Introduction In order to determine the nature of the human embryo, we need to know...

Ten years since the discovery of iPS cells. The current state of their clinical application

  Rev Clin Esp. 2017 Jan – Feb;217(1):30-34. doi: 10.1016/j.rce.2016.08.003. Epub 2016 Oct 5. Justo Aznar Ph.D. MD Julio Tudela Pharm Ph.D. Institute of Life Science – Bioethics Observatory Catholic University of Valencia – Spain iPS cells current clinical...

Italian gynaecologists refuse to participate in abortions. 7 in 10 doctors are conscientious objectors

Although abortions in Italy have fallen dramatically in recent years, the number of objectors in most hospitals is much higher than the number of doctors willing to terminate pregnancies. According to figures from the Italian Ministry of Health for the period 2013-2014, in Italy,...

European Parliament document announced, as one of its priority, defend women right to abortion

The European Parliament recently announced its “priorities” for its next Commission on the Status of Women are “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.” The EU document implies that limiting access to abortion is an infringement of...

High suicide rates in American transsexuals. 40% had attempted suicide

According to a report by the U.S. Transgender Survey, an association aimed at defending the rights of transsexuals, 39% of trans people suffered severe psychological distress in the month prior to the interview carried out to obtain these data, compared to 5% of the United States...

Mother-child HIV transmission falls. Thailand example

From the early to mid-1990s, an epidemic wave of HIV-infected women and infants occurred. Heterosexual HIV transmission, as described in the Asian Epidemic Model, was the major mode of spread in Thailand, causing an increasing number of HIV-infected pregnant women a consequently...

Sex and gender. New findings, new controversy

‘Patients who had undergone sex reassignment surgery at his hospital, stated that the problems presented by patients before the surgery had not been resolved, at either human relationship, work or emotional level.’ Introduction Sex and gender. Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer,...

The Virginia Senate prohibits the government from penalising organisations that oppose same-sex marriage

On 9th February, the Virginia Senate approved a bill that would prevent people from being obliged to participate in “the solemnization of any marriage” and protect them from government discrimination for believing only in natural marriage between a man and a woman...

Is it ethical to use cardiac arrest as a death criterion to obtain more organs for transplant?

About non-heart-beating death criterion, doubts are really more clinical than ethical, we believe that until these are resolved, the use of cardiac arrest to obtain organs could be questioned. On 19th May this year, Europa Press presented a Report by Dr Rafael Matesanz (see...

Stem cell research. The two sides of the coin

Science facing market The “heads” of stem cell research Stem cells today represent a great hope for the future of regenerative medicine due to their ability to differentiate into cell lines of almost any tissue, making them a promising therapeutic option for many...