NEWS and VIEWS

China demographic crisis out of control. Rulers appears to be in despair

China’s communist party rulers against abortions for “non-medical purposes”. A rule more radical than Texas Heartbeat Act

Bioethics Observatory 15 October 2021

The Chinese government has not managed to reverse the deep demographic crisis in that country. Both the practice of selective abortions, in case the baby was a girl, and the one-child policy for so many years, have aged the population and created an abysmal difference

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Stem cell therapy research consolidated strategy
Assisted reproductive treatments in Europe

SPECIAL REPORTS

assisted reproduction law questioned

What are the bioethical issues raised by the new law on assisted reproduction in France?

Bioethics Observatory 14 October 2021

Macron's legal and bioethics reform an advance or a setback? A new law recently passed in France allows lesbians and single women to access in vitro fertilization treatment, specifying that both the biological mother and her lesbian partner will be recognized as mothers on the

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Maxwell’s Demon legacy 
Designer babies current advances 
transplant organs during pandemic

BRIEF NEWS

referendum questioned
A referendum in San Marino passes a pro-abortion motion
04 October 2021

San Marino has been an abortion-free state with no exceptions. Its population has shown, until now, its rejection of the termination of pregnancy. A recent

Autism therapeutic treatment has a new important means to advance
Protected: Major Advances Toward Possible Treatment for People with Autism
17 September 2021

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Marriage and family undermined
Switzerland: Same-sex couples raised to the status of a constituted family allowing lesbian access to assisted reproduction
07 September 2021

The Swiss parliament and the federal council of government approved the measure "Marriage for all", equating homosexual unions with established families. Switzerland had already authorized

Brain cell clusters grown in laboratory by an year
Experiments with ex vivo brain cells grown in lab for more than a year, mirror changes in a newborn’s brain
22 June 2021

Brain organoids finding, a step to treat hereditary diseases The neuroscience project to study the human brain has a unique status in biomedical research. Two

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.

 

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