A medical, legal and ethical approach of paediatric euthanasia in Belgium

“All patients, including children, should have access to palliative care units” We believe it interesting to refer to an article published in JAMA (311, 1963-1964) last May, which discussed various aspects of paediatric euthanasia en Belgium. On 13 February 2014, the...
Posted On 02 Jul 2017
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Brain death: experts divided on how death is defined

Some authors, as Bernat reports in his article, have come to classify brain death unscientifically, illogically, even treating it as a legal fiction In the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, see HERE (1), Professor James L. Bernat reflects on where the...
Posted On 10 Jun 2017
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Assisted reproduction ethics: bioethical and legal tangle

The European Court of Human Rights was hearing the case of Adelina Parrillo versus Italy.  The case goes back to 2002, when Adelina and her husband froze five embryos for future transfer. However, her husband died one year later. Adelina lost her dream of becoming a mother and...
Posted On 04 Jun 2017
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The embryo germline modification, particualrly in humans. It is an unsafe procedure

 “Absolute prohibition of such experiments” A group of clinical researchers has proposed modifying embryos using “therapies that may affect the embryo germline“. These techniques could produce changes that could be transmitted to successive generations....
Posted On 10 May 2017
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Ethical debates sparked by recent biomedical breakthroughs

 The urgent need to incorporate ethics into biomedical research Many of the problems presented by science during the course of its normal development raise bioethical concerns that must be considered. In this respect, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values...
Posted On 02 Mar 2017
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Human cryopreservation. Technique and ethical and moral assessment

There may be an insurmountable difficulty in relation to the revival of the cryopreserved cadaver Cryopreservation consists of preserving human individuals or organs at very low temperatures (less than -130°) in order to preserve them. The low temperatures decrease the metabolism...
Posted On 03 Feb 2017
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Mediterranean anaemia can be treated using gene therapy

Every year, around 300,000 children are born worldwide with β-thalassaemia, a type of hereditary anaemia that, that it presents asymptomatically in most cases, can become fatal. With around 250 million people affected, β-thalassaemia is estimated to be the most common hereditary...
Posted On 27 Jan 2017
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Capital punishment. Should have a doctor present?

Capital punishment ia a subject with major ethical undertones, widely debated in the United States, is to determine whether or not a physician or experienced medical personnel should be present at executions by lethal injection of persons condemned to capital punishment. This...
Posted On 21 Jan 2017
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Latest global abortion figures suggest measures to prevent them and make known their true meaning

Knowing the incidence of abortion in different parts of the world is important in order to promote measures to prevent it. In a recent article by our Observatory (see HERE), we discussed an extensive study in The Lancet that addressed this issue. In 2010-2014, the annual...
Posted On 17 Jan 2017
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Mitochondrial replacement. New findings on mitochondrial DNA call into question further advances

This study shows that the mtDNA variant in the individual has a great effect on its interaction with the nuclear DNA. This finding is contrary to what was thought of the effect of mitochondrial replacement. On 6th July this year, investigators at the National Centre for...
Posted On 13 Dec 2016
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