December 2023 Edition
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INSTITUTE OF LIFE SCIENCES

No. 121 - December 2023

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The case of Indi Gregory: The bioethical dilemma between the right to die and the right to life

Indi Gregory has passed away in the hospice where she was taken off life support on Saturday, November 12. The eight-month-old British baby died after the legal battle that her parents had undertaken months before to keep her on life support and transfer her to a children's hospital in Rome. She suffered from an incurable mitochondrial disease, which is why …

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The case of Indi Gregory: The bioethical dilemma between the right to die and the right to life

A volunteer dies after participating in a gene editing trial against LDL cholesterol

A volunteer dies after participating in a gene editing trial against LDL cholesterol
A study published in Nature reports the results of research conducted by a team of scientists led by Ritu Thamman of Pennsylvania State University, who have managed to drastically reduce the level of LDL cholesterol in humans after injecting them with an experimental gene-editing treatment. Cholesterol linked to low-density lipoproteins, known as LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol, constitutes the atherogenic fraction …

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One more step in the production of animal chimeras. The first chimeric monkey is born

A recent study reports the generation of a fetus and a chimeric monkey born alive using homologous pluripotent cells of embryonic origin (ESC), in which up to 90% of chimeric cells have been obtained in some tissues. The experiment was carried out in the Laboratory of Primate Neurobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Shanghai. Dr Miguel Ángel Esteban's …

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One more step in the production of animal chimeras. The first chimeric monkey is born

Ethics of authorship in scientific articles: The case of Rosalind Franklin

Ethics of authorship in scientific articles: The case of Rosalind Franklin
On April 25, 1953, Nature published the discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). James Watson and Francis Crick deciphered the genetic material of living beings from photograph 51 taken by X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin. Authorship in literature presents aspects of undoubted ethical content. Confining ourselves to scientific articles, in which multi-authorship is becoming more frequent – …

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NEWS and VIEWS

Researchers warn about the risks posed by patient-facing artificial intelligence

Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have warned in an article about the need to review healthcare mediated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cancer patients. “To date, there has been little formal consideration of the impact of patient interactions with AI programs that haven’t been vetted by clinicians or regulatory organizations,” explains Amar Kelkar, paper’s lead author. The article has …

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Researchers warn about the risks posed by patient-facing artificial intelligence

IN BRIEF

Peru recognizes the rights of conceived and unborn children

Peru recognizes the rights of conceived and unborn children
On November 9, the Congress of Peru approved Law No. 785, which recognizes the conceived child as a subject of law. Therefore, the new norm protects the rights of conceived and unborn children by determining that human life begins with conception. Through this Law, the the government of Peru establishes that the child, both born and unborn, has its own …

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