CRISPR ownership

CRISPR: A patent jungles surrounding the ownership of the Cas9 system

Bioethics Observatory 16 October 2020

The scientific merit of the gene-editing technique CRISPR pioneers (read our recent article HERE) has been overshadowed in recent years by a patent war that has not yet ended. CRISPR ownership main dispute between the Broad Institute at Harvard University and the University of California

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Covid-19 airborne transmission
Opioids valuable analgesic efficacy
prenatal genetic test


Down people discrimination

Down people discrimination before birth in the UK

Bioethics Observatory 16 October 2020

Down people discrimination, a sad feature of our developed societies. Basic human rights are not for them. Our observatory already published the risk of discrimination before the birth of this collective given the new Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) (read our article HERE). We feared that

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CRISPR genome editing discoverers
Drug overdosis deaths evolution in the US, bioethical issues
embryos fresh or frozen options


HIV cleared in a new patient in Brazil folowing the London case reported
The Brazil case following the London patient. The third patient to have cleared HIV infections
15 October 2020

A third patient from Sao Paulo - Brazil who seems to have cleared an HIV infection. The HIV virus appears to have disappeared from his

Teen suicide prevention
Less suicide by handguns in adolescents in some States. Teen suicide prevention in the US has hopeful news
15 October 2020

Teen suicide prevention in the US has hopeful news In 2018, there were more than 48,000 suicides in the United States, particularly among adolescents. In

artificial skin
Laboratory experiments achieve the first step to manufacture skin that electronically responds to painful stimuli
14 October 2020

A recent article published in the American journal Advanced Intelligent Systems entitled Artificial Somatosensors: Feedback Receptors for Electronic Skins reported that artificial skin that reacts to

Cells who repair heart damages identified could be a great step to cell therpies after a heart attack a major reason of death
Discover of the cells responsible for repairing the damage after heart attack
29 September 2020

Last Friday Circulation Journal published an article with an international study of the Center for Applied Medical Research (Cima) and the University of Navarra Clinic


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.