Researchers warn about the risks posed by patient-facing artificial intelligence

Bioethics Observatory 23 November 2023

Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have warned in an article about the need to review healthcare mediated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cancer patients. “To date, there has been little formal consideration of the impact of patient interactions with AI programs that haven’t been

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Ethics of authorship in scientific articles: The case of Rosalind Franklin

Bioethics Observatory 29 November 2023

On April 25, 1953, Nature published the discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). James Watson and Francis Crick deciphered the genetic material of living beings from photograph 51 taken by X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin. Authorship in literature presents aspects of undoubted

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In the UK, people born with donor gametes can now know who their biological parents are
11 October 2023

From October, children conceived in the United Kingdom since April 2005 through assisted reproduction techniques that have used donor eggs or sperm will be able

Wyoming bans abortion pills
03 April 2023

Mark Gordon, Wyoming state governor, has signed into law a bill banning the prescription and use of abortion pills. Wyoming is the first state to

FIAMC opposes the appointment of Mariana Mazzucato to the Pontifical Academy for Life
03 November 2022

The World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) has opposed the appointment of the economist Mariana Mazzucato as a member of the Pontifical Academy for

New electronic book on bioethics for young people
26 July 2022

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life have launched a free e-book “Keys to Bioethics”, which makes the contents


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.



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