November 2021 Edition



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Since 2013 the Bioethics Observatory Institute of Life Sciences has an English website with original content and monthly publishes Bioethics News oriented to English-speaking readers' interests. The latest publication was the number 100, for that reason we publish this special issue with the posts that had the most impact. See our ARCHIVE.

The iceberg of abortion! The hidden face of abortion is mainly a result of the use of drugs and intrauterine devices

Public opinion frequently focuses on surgical abortions to assess the magnitude of the attempts on life posed by abortion, but it is not often that what we could call the hidden face of abortion or silent abortions are considered. For this reason, we believe it is helpful to analyze where and whenRead more
Conscientious objection to abortion defended by Supreme Pontiff

Frozen embryos donation figures. Human embryos transferred increased over the years

It is difficult to find objective data on the practice of embryo donation. Now, a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided data on this topic for the period 2000 to 2013 in the United States. As we know, with the use of in vitro fertilization growing daily, there is an increase in… Read more
Frozen embryos donation figures. Human embryos transferred increased over the years

The slippery slope of euthanasia after legalization. Netherlands example

The slippery slope in countries where is legalized has been treated several times by our Observatory due to the role that assumes doctors and health professionals in this scandalous practice. One in 25 people is killed by doctors in Netherlands frequently mentally ill patients. Now recent official data confirms that noting has improved the attack on life… Read more
euthanasia law effect

Biological status of human embryo from fecundation. Scientific approach

“Those who argue that that embryo can be destroyed with impunity will have to prove that this newly created life is not human. And no one, to the best of our knowledge, has yet been able to do so.” In order to determine the nature of the human embryo, we need to know its biological, anthropological, philosophical, and even itsRead more
Special Report.The scientific basis of the human embryo biological identity.Why can we affirm that early human embryo is an individual of human species?human life beginning
american pro-life initiative

Medical, legal, social, and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Bioethical Aspects

In order to enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not certain conditions are met, these must be evaluated, as must the lawfulness of the medical intervention and the …

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euthanasia bioethical approach

The laboratory's SARS-CoV-2 leak theory gains traction. We have an eyewitness outside of China

We recently published an article about a letter to the director of the WHO from 32 scientists who expressed the need, on the part of the international community, to know the origin of SARS-CoV-2 even without China's rulers' collaboration. They showed that the data available on the virus had sufficient basis Read more
SARS-CoV-2 leak gains traction

First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethical approach after latest offical investigations

After the statement from Chinese geneticist Jiankui He that he and his team had achieved the birth of the first genetically modified babies, the Chinese government ordered an official investigation that has now confirmed the veracity of these facts... Read more
Are genetic modification risks involved only with human reproductive purposes? Ethical issues entail on this practice are also approached

No medical consensus on the moment of the death of a person. Issue that affects public trust

Determining the moment of death remains of singular importance for ethically assessing organ donation. Our Observatory has published many articles about this issue. A recent study discusses the issue, with particular reference to Lewis and colleagues' recent proposition to the revision of the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA)Read more
Near death experiences

Juan Carlos Izpisua's research group generated alive human-monkey chimeras

On April 15, 2021, Juan Carlos Izpisua's research group published an article in Cell describing the generation of human-monkey chimeras. Chimeras are alive in the laboratory including human embryonic development and in their use to produce human-animal organs…

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chimeras alive

Neuroscience. New experiments with brain rekindle the bioethical debate

Neuroscience research, with the ultimate goal of deepening our knowledge of the human brain, about which we still know so little, is advancing rapidly. The “BRAIN Initiative” has been set up in order to encourage this research. These experiments also have great potential bioethical implications …

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Neuroscience. New experiments with brain rekindle the bioethical debate

Genome editing and germ line modification. Medical and ethical debate

Genetic modification of the human germline will pass to children, and to future generations. Gene editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to correct a disease-causing mutation…

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whole genome sequencing

Minimal ethics. An expression of contractualism, its tool the consensus decision-making

It assumes that universally valid ethical principles do not exist Minimal ethics is an extension of contractualism - approval or disapproval of society - and, therefore, part of its same presupposition: the impossibility of establishing universally valid ethical principles compels political communities to “take refuge”… Read more
Minimal ethics frequently becomes at the service of the variable will of the majority and restricts freedom to so-called "politically correct” beliefs

The Charlie Gard case. An ultimate dispassionate ethical reflection

It is dangerous to exclude ethical judgment from medical decisions in which death is knocking at the door of life. Circumstances arise that are not easy to judge and even less easy to resolve. Such cases can be paradigmatic, like that of Charlie Gard. I believe, therefore, …

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Charlie Gard dispassionate ethical reflection Can it avoid a Charlie GOSH decision-making ethics assessement?

Transsexuality diagnosis and treatment. Medical and psychiatric findings

'The only thing that has been achieved so far is to try to adapt the body to the mind, instead of trying to alleviate the cerebral problem'. The diagnosis of transsexualism is based on both medical and psychiatric findings…

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LGBTQ youth mental health
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