SPECIAL REPORTS

Mistakes or omissions in the management of information SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus transmission. What is known so far

Bioethics Observatory 15 December 2020

COVID 19 transmission routes misinformed Airborne transmission of coronavirus in the form of aerosols — microdroplets of less than 100 microns in size — appears to be the fundamental route of transmission of COVID-19, as we have previously reported from our Observatory (read HERE). The

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Transhumanism and human nature. It pretends to forge a new humanity changing biological and genetical human condition. An example is gender global agenda
organ donor in pediatrics

NEWS and VIEWS

family life

Association of parental age and risk of schizophrenia in offspring

Bioethics Observatory 15 January 2021

Many studies have examined the association between parental age and medical risks in offspring (read “Is it time to establish age restrictions in ART-IVF?, a relevant bioethical issue that also focuses on the access of older patients to reproductive technologies), and indeed in our Observatory,

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HIV reservoirs
Commercial surrogacy in England could be made abroad by post
blood donor gays

BRIEF NEWS

3D bioprinted heart
3D bioprinted heart organoid with iPS cells has robust electromechanical function
14 January 2021

A 3D bioprinted organoid that mimics an animal heart has been produced using human iPS cells, as published in Circulation Research on 3 July 2020.

open access author costs
The cost for authors or academic institutions of publishing an article in the “open access” system of the Nature publishing group
16 December 2020

The German government is reaching an agreement with the Nature publishing group, so that articles by German authors published in the group's 54 journals can

Evaluation of conscientious objection to participate in abortions in South Korea
16 December 2020

The power to exercise conscientious objection if one does not wish to participate in an abortion appears to be an inviolable right for health personnel.

Discrimination before birth. Prenatal detection of Down's syndrome is easier. This greater ease is making easier to eliminate them as soon as possible
Appeals court upholds Tennessee law protecting Down syndrome people
11 December 2020

The new advances in prenatal tests in the last years made it possible to easily detect Down Syndrome and any fetus's genetic disorder with a

ABOUT US

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.