On February 4, a Letter to the Editor was published online in Science and Engineering Ethics (read HERE), addressing some of China's current problems related to biomedical research. In the article, the authors refer to the fact that Jian-kui He, a professor at the Southerncontinue reading
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Around 1 million people die by suicide annually. Globally, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for all ages and the second leading cause
Scientist Juan Carlos Izpisúa (see ethical assessment of his latest research HERE) and his research team in China have managed for the first time to
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The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics Observatory.
The Observatory has a website in Spanish that was created on Decembre 2007 (see HERE), and we are now starting a new chapter with our website in English, given the importance of this language in the field of bioethical research.
Our website includes “Special reports”, based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the world’s top medical and scientific journals, such as the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo, matters regarding the end of life, especially euthanasia, assisted suicide and palliative care, and also some of the issues that are currently giving rise to major debates, including: assisted reproduction, surrogacy, use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill, transsexuality, genome editing, synthetic biology, production of human-animal chimeras for medical purposes and transhumanism.
Special Reports includes extensive reference material on these topics, which is constantly updated as new information becomes available. It is also a dynamic means of communication with our readers to reflect on these issues.