February 2023 Edition
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INSTITUTE OF LIFE SCIENCES

No. 113 - February 2023

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SPECIAL REPORTS

Seattle public schools have sued several social networks for causing mental health problems in young people

According to BusinessInsider, Seattle school boards have blamed some social networks like Meta, TikTok, Google and Snapchat for manipulating and abusing the vulnerable brains of young people, «hooking tens of millions of students across the country into positive feedback loops of excessive use and abuse» of the aforementioned companies. Specifically, they are accused of the deterioration in the mental health …

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Seattle public schools have sued several social networks for causing mental health problems in young people

The slippery slope of euthanasia in Canada

The slippery slope of euthanasia in Canada
Governments that promote euthanasia do so with the utmost commitment to preserve respect for the freedom and autonomy of their citizens and with the sole intention of providing solutions to a life of “suffering due to an incurable disease or condition that the person experiences as unacceptable and that has not been alleviated by other means”. The reality, however, is …

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The “zero-COVID” experiment: radical lockdown

The “zero-COVID” policies implemented by the Chinese government and other countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, mainly consisted of an attempt to completely eliminate outbreaks, establishing strict border controls and extreme containment measures through radical lockdowns. The Australian city of Melbourne endured the longest lockdown in the world: 263 days. The countries that introduced these radical containment policies experienced …

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The “zero-COVID” experiment: radical lockdown

Is the use of artificial embryos ethical?

Is the use of artificial embryos ethical?
Artificial embryos, also called embryoids, embryonic models or blastoids, are cell agglomerates obtained from stem cells that reflect, to a certain extent, some structures and functions of embryos. In order to be able to study this intriguing and complex stage of our development without resorting to the use of human embryos, the ethical and legal impediments of these investigations are …

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NEWS and VIEWS

The scientist who created the first genetically modified babies wants to go back to research

He Jiankui spent three years in prison for flouting the most basic medical and ethical regulations by creating the first babies born after being genetically edited to be immune to HIV. In 2018, the researcher edited the genome of several human embryos in their early stages of development because he wanted to produce children who were not carriers of the …

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The scientist who created the first genetically modified babies wants to go back to research

Donated embryo pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of hypertensive disorders even in young women

Donated embryo pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of hypertensive disorders even in young women
A recent retrospective study published in Fertility and Sterility has compared the risk of gestational hypertension in two groups of pregnant women after undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART) using both autologous (from the pregnant woman's oocytes) and donated embryos (obtained after fertilizing donor oocytes). The aim of the study was to determine whether pregnancies with donated embryos have a higher …

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Canada would allow people with mental illness to access euthanasia

Canada will extend access to euthanasia to the mentally ill in March. To do so, it has had to reform the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) law passed in 2016, which was only available to terminally ill adults who applied for medical assistance in dying. Mental illness was excluded from the previous revision of the medical assisted in dying (MAID) …

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Canada would allow people with mental illness to access euthanasia
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