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No. 122 - January 2024

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European Medicines Agency considers the approval in Europe of CRISPR gene editing therapy

Following its recent approval in the United Kingdom and the United States, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of CRISPR gene therapy for the treatment of beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. The treatment, called Casgevy, edits the patient's blood cells using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The EMA considers that the benefits of this gene therapy outweigh the possible risks …

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European Medicines Agency considers the approval in Europe of CRISPR gene editing therapy

Artificial intelligence. A bridge between transhumanism and posthumanism?

Artificial intelligence. A bridge between transhumanism and posthumanism?
In 1957, in an essay published in London, English biologist and writer Julian Huxley, the first director of UNESCO, coined a new model of eugenics, transhumanism. In his paper, he wrote that “he human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself in its entirety, as humanity. We need a name for this new belief. Perhaps transhumanism will serve: man remaining …

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Three genetic parents: Achievable by science, a challenge for bioethics

Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy (MRT) has become a fascinating and controversial field in regenerative medicine, as it promises to address inherited mitochondrial diseases. Over the decades, this technique has evolved thanks to the work of visionary researchers and has witnessed significant milestones in its development. This article will explore MRT, from its definition and the pioneers who have promoted it, to …

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Three genetic parents: Achievable by science, a challenge for bioethics

Newton and Darwin. Their theories endure, although with limitations

Newton and Darwin. Their theories endure, although with limitations
The contributions of Newton and Darwin The theories of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, two of the most influential scientists in human history, have long prevailed, but the twentieth century has witnessed important discoveries that have limited their postulates. Newton’s groundbreaking work establishing the laws of motion and gravity, as well as in optics and calculus, helped to spark a …

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NEWS and VIEWS

Michigan will allow partial birth abortions

The Democratic governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has signed a series of bills that include the possibility of abortion up to the moment of delivery even if the baby is viable. In the same way, she authorizes abortion centers to hide information from women about the risks and complications that this atrocity entails. This decision is surprising when the requirement …

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Michigan will allow partial birth abortions

More countries want to regulate the use of new technologies in schools

More countries want to regulate the use of new technologies in schools
As we explained in previous posts, big technology companies - such as TikTok, Meta, Google or Snapchat - have been sued by dozens of schools in Seattle, United States, for causing large-scale psychological damage to minors. And, according to UNICEF data, the average age at which children have a mobile phone is before they turn 11 years old. Therefore, they …

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