The focus of the pandemic is now in United States, Italy and Spain. A developing story that will be updated

By |March 31st, 2020|0 Comments

The United States now has more confirmed cases than any other single country, including China where the disease emerged in December 2019. Europe has also recorded hundreds of thousands of infections, with Italy and Spain worst affected (BBC, March 31, 2020). Read [...]

  • Coronavirus illegal products

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission warn seven companies over fraudulent coronavirus treatment claims

By |March 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Western Governments are closely following possible abuses by pharmaceutical companies encouraged by the justified fear of the possible effects of the pandemic, now in full force in western countries. In this respect, last Monday Federal officials made public severe measures against companies [...]

  • Many genetic diseases that would have to be analyzed have very low prevalence It seems a somewhat utopian project

Dating app for couples created using genetic information. Some technical and ethical issues to be resolved

By |March 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Our Observatory has published many articles on the undoubted benefits of genetic information and the eventual risks of a wrong application of this information (read Review of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Lights and shades.) A dating app that discards couples by DNA [...]

  • euthanasia debate in Germany

Germany overturns ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide with a strong opposition

By |March 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Germany has joined the minority of European countries that allow euthanasia. Until now, the country had banned what it called “organized medically assisted suicide”. Last month, however, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the right to die includes the freedom to “rely on [...]

  • gamete donors consent

IVF embryos for scientific research. Is it necessary the consent of gamete donors to use embryos for research?

By |March 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Until now, the use of the remaining IVF embryos for scientific research did not consider the consent of gamete donors when it is the case. While we disagree with the use of human embryos for investigating because it involves their destruction, informed [...]

  • clinical trials missing data

Federal judge rules that missing data from hundreds of clinical trials conducted in the U.S. must be turned over

By |March 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

We have been publishing articles on the bioethical implications of breaching the laws that establish a maximum period for reporting results to clinical trial registers, in both Europe and the United States. For several reasons—we believe all unjustified— new potentially vital findings [...]

  • genome sequencing indiscriminate

Britain proposes genome sequencing in all newborns. Medical and ethical approach

By |February 19th, 2020|0 Comments

The United Kingdom has proposed that all children will be able to receive genome sequencing within a few days of birth. In relation to this, the UK Health Secretary has said that, in the future, this genetic study could be carried out [...]

  • Biobots biological machines

Biological machines – biobots – created with animal cells. Bioethical approach

By |February 11th, 2020|0 Comments

New biological entity produced by synthetic biology. Biobots American scientists have published an article in the journal PNAS in which they describe a method for designing completely biological machines from scratch, based on the computer processing of multiple designs and selection of [...]

  • american pro-life initiative

Missouri defends the human embryo’s legal status of person

By |February 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Missouri is one of several American states that follow Trump's pro-life politics. In a recent article by our Observatory reporting the achievements of Trump's Administration in defense of the unborn, we listed Missouri among the states that have approved the Heartbeat bills [...]

  • Possible consequences in medicine of clinical trials silenced in great scale

Clinical trial reporting breaks the law in Europe and the United States. Ethical approach

By |February 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Last year, we published an article (see HERE) on the reporting of clinical trial results in Europe. Now, an article in Science magazine, published under the provocative title "FDA and NIH let clinical trial sponsors keep results secret and break the law" [...]

  • Debate on heading in children's football

Debate on heading in children’s football. Scottish restriction questioned

By |February 5th, 2020|0 Comments

The Scottish Football Association is expected to announce a ban on children heading the ball in Scotland. The move comes after the results of a cohort study of 7676 former professional football players were published in the New England Journal of Medicine [...]

Frauds at the highest level of scientific research

By |February 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Our Observatory has been reporting different frauds in scientific research (read HERE). According to the latest news, 2 cases have involved researchers of high academic level in the area of biomedical research, which has objective implications in bioethics. Uncovered Scientific frauds during [...]

Two historical milestones of the March for life in the US: ten of thousands of students and unprecedented Presidential speech

By |January 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Last Friday, Washington was the scene of a march for life that marked a milestone without precedents in the 47 consecutive years of this demonstration: the new presence of thousands of young people and, the attendance of a US president for the [...]

  • A Wealthy English couple kept dead son's sperm and with a donor's egg and surrogate mother gestates designer grandson challenging the law

Donation of sperm after death is debated in Britain

By |January 23rd, 2020|0 Comments

A new approach to alleviating the shortage of sperm donors in Britain was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (01/08/2020). The article in question mainly centers around a proposal that would allow men to give consent for their sperm to be collected [...]