SPECIAL REPORTS

prenatal genetic test

Ethical concerns in prenatal genetic tests (NIPT). Could they be used for discriminate before birth?

Non-invasive prenatal genetic testing NIPT is a method that uses maternal blood to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities and other characteristics in early pregnancy, with no risks for the fetus. This makes it a promising method from both a medical and ethical perspective. Prenatal diagnosis based

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NEWS

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Circumcision in developed countries. Ethical approach of this surgical irreversible intervention

Bioethics Observatory 28 September 2020

Only in the U.S.A., 58% are being circumcised. This  procedure is considered medically "questionable, unproven and irrelevant"  by an independent international panel A hotly debated issue is concerning the ethics of circumcision of boys when they are unable to give their informed consent for the procedure.

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BRIEF NEWS

sperm donor crisis
Assisted reproduction clinics ethics concerns and gametes donation system a true pandora box
21 September 2020

We have authored several articles questioning the reliability of IVF clinics, and contested the anonymity of sperm and egg donation, which affect the very identity

COVID-19 vaccines distribution
Chinese enterprise to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines established in the UK
18 September 2020

COVID-19 vaccines distribution a current bioethics problem. In this respect, a social enterprise has been established in the United Kingdom to promote the production and

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Discussion whether human neurons can be regenerated. Experiments carried out in rodents
18 September 2020

Animal testing. A topic under discussion is whether neurons in human adults can regenerate. Now, a paper published in eLife and discussed in Science shows

COVID-19 scientific fraud
COVID 19 papers are not free of fraud included elite journals articles
18 September 2020

Science journal published an article entitled "Authors, elite journals under fire after major retractions" reports, the first COVID-19 scientific fraud has been detected. In fact,

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.