Violation of privacy of personal medical data of millions of American patients

“No warning having been given to patients or doctors.” A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (November 13, 2019), entitled Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry, tackles the massive violation of the right to privacy of patient data. The news...

The Netherlands wants to open a children’s euthanasia center

The Netherlands wants to open a euthanasia center for children under the age of 12 years. Professor of pediatrics Eduard Verhagen has proposed the creation of a special center to be able to apply euthanasia to children, and hopes that its opening will take place imminently;...

“How Gay Are You?” app has been criticized for being “misleading and irresponsible”

In September this year, our Observatory published a special report: A review of the relationship between same-sex attraction and genetics. The report cited a recent study on the matter, in which one of the authors [said that they] were unable to establish whether or not the...

CRISPR used to obtain single-sex offspring in mice

Israeli researchers have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool – read our special report on the issue – to obtain single-sex offspring in mice. In their article published in EMBO reports, the scientists managed to obtain almost exclusively female offspring from the...

Assisted reproduction does not show negative side effects in adulthood

Assessing whether those born by assisted reproduction show more negative side effects than those conceived naturally has been extensively studied (see HERE and HERE ), but knowing whether these effects exist in the long term is not well determined. A recent study that looked at...

Three-dimensional models of human embryos generated using human stem cells

The development of anterior-posterior symmetry of the human embryo occurs during pregnancy. Many of the signals that regulate this process have been described in experiments using mice. However, there is no direct molecular evidence of how anterior-posterior symmetry is achieved...

Syphilis epidemic in Europe. The epidemic that have characterized the dark ages has reappeared.

Syphilis cases have skyrocketed in Europe, are more common in some countries than new cases of HIV infection, according to a report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Syphilis – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017 published in 2019, 33 189...

A possible clinical therapy to treat extremely preterm babies has successfully experimented in ovine fetuses

Prenatal medicine in extremely preterm infants raises important medical and ethical dilemmas. Among the former, possibly the most important is to support their survival with new therapeutic measures. In this sense we sateted in recent articles that “The new possibilities for...

Massive demonstration in Paris against state-funded IVF draft law for lesbian couples.

The debate of the right of same sex couples IVF access reaches its zenith. The marchers weaved from the Luxembourg Garden to the Montparnasse neighborhood, passing by the French Senate, arguing that the project of law deprives children of the right to a father.  France’s health...

China. One step forward the regulation of gene editing in humans

After the birth in China of the first genetically modified humans the result of unregulated experiments, the country has recently introduced a regulation on gene editing in humans. To that end, they have developed a draft of the civil code, by which “experiments on genes in...