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Lia Thomas loses lawsuit against World Aquatics

June 20th, 2024|

American swimmer Lia Thomas, who became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA title in the 500-yard final in March 2022, has lost her lawsuit against World Aquatics (WA).

Thomas decided to begin legal action in January 2024 against this international body’s decision to prohibit participation in the women’s category for anyone who has […]

Liberal eugenics and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

June 18th, 2024|

The genes of living beings are the functional units of inheritance on which the physical and physiological characteristics that make up the organism depend. The Human Genome Project made it possible to sequence, i.e., read from end to end, the DNA nucleotide bases of our chromosomes. We have known the structure — and to a large extent the function […]

A brain implant helps a paralyzed person communicate in English and Spanish

June 12th, 2024|

For the first time, a bilingual person, who suffered a stroke more than ten years ago that caused him to lose the ability to speak, has been able to communicate in English and Spanish thanks to a brain implant.

The research, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, helps to understand how the brain processes language and in […]

Down syndrome. Can we find a treatment that improves patient symptoms?

June 10th, 2024|

It is well known that Down syndrome (DS) is caused by alterations in chromosome 21, trisomy in the vast majority of cases. At the phenotypic level, it has multiple anatomical, physiological and neurofunctional manifestations, including intellectual disability. Due to its polygenic nature,¹ it has no cure, and standard therapeutic measures can only partially alleviate patients’ disabilities. […]

News & Views

AstraZeneca stops marketing its COVID-19 vaccine in Europe

June 3rd, 2024|

A German court has forced the pharmaceutical company to reveal information about patients suffering from thrombosis after administering AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria vaccine.

On May 7, the marketing authorization for Vaxzevria, the vaccine against COVID-19 from the AstraZeneca laboratory, was withdrawn at the request of the marketing-authorization holder. The request was underway since March 5.

In April, the Higher Regional Court in Bamberg (Germany) asked the pharmaceutical company to provide data on the damage caused by the COVID-19 vaccine in cases of thrombosis between […]

The Bioethics Observatory of the Catholic University of Valencia, awarded for its contribution to society and its defense of the family

May 22nd, 2024|

The Bioethics Observatory of the Catholic University of Valencia has received an award from the association of large families Más de Dos, in recognition of its work in favor of human life, the family and a more just society. The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Más de Dos foundation and with International Family Day.

The director of the Bioethics Observatory, Julio Tudela, thanked the award on behalf of the team that makes up the Observatory. And he stated that “this award has […]

Experts call for the universal abolition of surrogacy

April 22nd, 2024|

On April 5 and 6, the “International Conference for the Universal Abolition of Surrogacy” took place in Rome, with the participation of representatives of international organizations, politicians and academics who sought to generate a public debate on this practice.

The conference was organized by the expert signatories of the Declaration of Casablanca. In that document, presented on March 3, 2023, more than 100 people of 75 nationalities pledged to fight against surrogacy in order to protect and preserve human dignity and the rights […]

Brief News

406, 2024

First living patient who received a pig kidney has died

June 4th, 2024|

On May 11, Richard Slayman, the first living recipient of a pig kidney transplant, died. The death occurred two months after the intervention.

As we previously published, on 21 March Massachusetts General Hospital announced the success of the first organ transplant from a […]

1112, 2023

Peru recognizes the rights of conceived and unborn children

December 11th, 2023|

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.

1110, 2023

In the UK, people born with donor gametes can now know who their biological parents are

October 11th, 2023|

From October, children conceived in the United Kingdom since April 2005 through assisted reproduction techniques that have used donor eggs or sperm will be able to know the identity of their biological parents.

The changes in the Law regarding sperm and oocyte […]

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