New advances and challenges in the production of human-animal chimeras

They had overcome the obstacle of using human embryonic stem cells, but that even so, a ethical difficulty remained with the producing organs...

Human “Enhancement” extends its field to the genital area

Enhancement is defined as the improvement of bodily functions, appearance or behaviour using genetic or biomedical techniques. The point to which...

Northern Ireland against expansion of the abortion law

Northern Ireland, which has only 1.8 million inhabitants, has obtained an amazing 300,000 signatures requesting that the country’s current...

IVF mix up. 26 Dutch women inseminated with the wrong sperm

Utrecht University Hospital in the Netherlands has opened a medical investigation after revealing that at least 26 women may have been...

Gender identity disorders. Current scientific evidence

Introduction Management of so-called “gender incongruence, cross-gender behaviour, non-normative gender behaviour, gender dysphoria or...

Euthanasia in Belgium. Since its approval in 2002 the number of “patients” is on the rise

The Belgian Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation reported on 2016 that 2,025 citizens had died by euthanasia in 2016 — an average of...

United States healthcare providers refuse to participate in executions

Capital punishment in the United States is socially highly controversial, especially in two areas: participation of healthcare providers in the...

Retinal tissue produced from iPS cells in animals

One of the possible applications of iPS cells is in the treatment of retinal diseases. Now, a group of researchers from the Riken Institute in...

More facts about the use of hormonal contraceptives. 39% of the users have objective risk factors

Hormonal contraceptives risk factors A recent report by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that hormonal...

Human infertility. Microsurgery for the treatment of tubal obstruction. Ethical and medical aspects

‘Reconstructive microsurgery could be important in the treatment of infertility’ One topic discussed in relation to the treatment of...

Sexually transmitted diseases found in 25% of sexually active teenagers in the United States

Programe based on creating a website, especially targeted at sexually active teenagers Around 1 in 4 sexually active teenagers in the United...

Another new ethical scandal in China. Fraudulent and cahotic situation as regards clinical trials

More than 80% of data from clinical trials conducted in China are fraudulent (see BMJ report HERE), after objective technical failures were found...

Any type of hormonal contraceptive can cause depression. A large study concluded

We have often reported the hormonal contraceptives negative effects, but now a further one has come to light, namely the frequent depression in...

Changes occur in the maternal brain that enhance communication with the unborn child

Changes occur in the brain of pregnant women as a result of the new hormone levels and biological adaptation to them. According to an article...

Donor organ shortage. Supporting donation based on trust is an unavoidable social necessity

Donor organ shortage actual figures. Promoting organ donation based on trust is an unavoidable health policy to be able to provide organs to...

Spain is aging and headed towards demographic collapse. With on of the lowest birth rates in the European Union

The number of children under the age of three has fallen by 84,229  whilst the segment of the population over the age of 65 has increased by...
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Cerebral organoids produced from embryonic stem cells

A group of researchers in La Jolla, California, have produced three-dimensional  cerebral organoids (“mini-brains”) from human...

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...

Every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors by law

Very soon, each and every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors. They will be automatically included...

Gene editing today. All we have to know about it and our bioethical assessment

Few scientific breakthroughs have been as important as the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic...