biomedical research concerns

Biomedical research concerns in China. Lack of bioethical assessment

Manuel Zunin 13 February 2020

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 Southern

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Coronavirus epidemic review

Coronavirus epidemic. A developing story that will be updated

The global spread continues slowly evolving despite the drastic sanitary measures. The world is fast approaching a tipping point in the spread of the coronavirus, according to experts. New outbreaks in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are renewing fears of a coming global pandemic.

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Although ther are reservations regarding the transfer of the experiments in humans.Monkey embryos development has been studied
Study of monkey embryos development could give clues to understand human embryos after implantation
25 February 2020

On 15 November last year, an article was published in the prestigious journal Science, which assessed the development of monkey embryos after their implantation in

Suicidal specific brain areas
The origin of suicidal trend could be in brain’s two specific areas
17 February 2020

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

Human–animal hybrid advisability debate is reignited by a new experimets with the brain of 11 monkeys to enhance their inteligence
Monkey embryos cultured for up to 20 days
07 February 2020

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

Suicides rates in Spain shows the highest figure recorded since 1980, when the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) began this information
Risks of suicide are higher in medical students
13 January 2020

Suicide is the most common, but avoidable, cause of death among young people. Although there is no scientific evidence showing that suicide rates are higher


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.