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No. 119 - October 2023

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Humanized kidneys in human-pig chimeras. One more step towards the possibility of obtaining human organs from animals

Scientists from the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, in China, together with the Spanish doctor Miguel Ángel Esteban, have managed to obtain for the first time a rudiment of a human organ in an animal (chimeras), according to the prestigious scientific journal Cell Stem Cell. Specifically, a type of rudimentary kidney has been generated, an intermediate phase of the …

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Humanized kidneys in human-pig chimeras. One more step towards the possibility of obtaining human organs from animals

The new European Union regulation on substances of human origin: reflection from a bioethical perspective

The new European Union regulation on substances of human origin: reflection from a bioethical perspective
Introduction On Wednesday, 13 September, a proposal from the European Parliament on the regulation of “substances of human origin” (SoHO) was approved. The initiative aims to establish a legal framework for action with all those substances derived from human beings that are used in therapeutic or research procedures, such as regenerative therapies, assisted reproduction, and others. These substances include those …

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Roberto Andorno: “Let's put limits on neurotechnology before nothing can be done"

Rapid advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology have opened up an unprecedented set of possibilities “for accessing, collecting, sharing and manipulating information from the human brain”, announced Roberto Andorno, professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), at the Interuniversity Congress on New Frontiers in Neuroethics, organized by the Bioethics Observatory of the Catholic University of Valencia (UCV). The seasoned Argentine legal …

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Roberto Andorno: “Let's put limits on neurotechnology before nothing can be done"

A woman has given birth to a child in Alabama after a uterus transplant outside a clinical trial

A woman has given birth to a child in Alabama after a uterus transplant outside a clinical trial
For the first time, in May a woman with a transplanted uterus gave birth via uterus transplant outside of a clinical trial. Spokesmen for the Hospital of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where the process has been carried out, have recently communicated the news. Mallory, who was born with a congenital absence of a uterus, suffered from Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, …

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A transsexual requests euthanasia after suffering complications from her sex reassignment surgery

This is not the first time that we have treated in our Observatory the case of transsexual people who, after undergoing gender transition treatment, regret having done so. Unfortunately, there are more and more of them. According to the Daily Mail, Lois Cardinal, a 35-year-old, underwent vaginoplasty in 2009. After doctors assured her that everything was going to be fine …

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A transsexual requests euthanasia after suffering complications from her sex reassignment surgery

NEWS and VIEWS

The Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes abortion

The Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes abortion
The Supreme Court of Mexico approved last week the decriminalization of abortion at the federal level after considering the proposal of the Information Group on Chosen Reproduction (GIRE). The organization announced it through the social network X: «The SCJN decriminalizes abortion at the federal level! Thanks to a protection won by GIRE, all women and people with the capacity to …

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Italy considers surrogacy a “universal crime”

Giorgia Meloni, president of the Italian Council of Ministers since October 2022, has approved in parliament the Varchi law, which considers surrogacy a “universal crime.” She has also announced prison sentences of between three months and two years, and fines of up to one million euros for anyone who “buys” children, even in foreign countries where this practice is legalized. …

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Italy considers surrogacy a “universal crime”
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