COVID-19 vaccines research phase

Positive development and research phase of COVID 19 vaccines disseminated by media could not be entirely in line with reality

Last Tuesday, 21 July, an article published in the medical journal The Lancet (read HERE) was widely disseminated in various mass media. The article, dated 20 July, reports the preliminary results of the vaccine being developed at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University (UK), in

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Men and women dimorphism affects their anatomy, physiology, endocrine, nervous systems and brain. So brain difference between sexes affect their capacities
UN accusation of gender discrimination
embryo selection debate


Artificial species and biodiversity. We couldn't introduce artificial organisms into the natural environment without an analysis of their possible effects.

New artificial species. How could they affect biodiversity?

Our opinión regarding synthetic biology debate. An article published in the blog Practical Ethics, defending the use of synthetic biology and gene editing to obtain new organisms that do not exist in nature. Its author argues that if biodiversity is valuable, then it should be

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tOverdose mortality epidemic and Covid-19 pandemic
UN response to pandemic questioned
Ovarian tissue cryopreservation adolescent cancer survivors



The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics Observatory.

The Observatory has a website in Spanish that was created on Decembre 2007 (see HERE), and we are now starting a new chapter with our website in English, given the importance of this language in the field of bioethical research.

Our website includes “Special reports”, based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the world’s top medical and scientific journals, such as the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo, matters regarding the end of life, especially euthanasia, assisted suicide and palliative care, and also some of the issues that are currently giving rise to major debates, including: assisted reproduction, surrogacy, use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill, transsexuality, genome editing, synthetic biology, production of human-animal chimeras for medical purposes and transhumanism.

Special Reports includes extensive reference material on these topics, which is constantly updated as new information becomes available. It is also a dynamic means of communication with our readers to reflect on these issues.