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


tOverdose mortality epidemic and Covid-19 pandemic

The United States has the highest drug overdose mortality rates. COVID just makes it a bit worse

A recent article published in The New York Times (July 15, 2020) with the title "In Shadow of Pandemic, U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Resurge to Record" approaches the issue in the current pandemic crisis. The authors say "Nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last

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UN response to pandemic questioned
Ovarian tissue cryopreservation adolescent cancer survivors
Sex biological variable. Scientists have analyzed the brains of both sexes to define different traits that explain this variability



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.