INSTITUTE OF LIFE SCIENCES
Contact us HERE 10/16/ 2020
Covid-19, airborne transmission and information management.
"The inability to control outbreaks of the pandemic months after its onset..." The grim epidemiological data regarding the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, and specifically in Spain, pose a challenge to the work of scientists and public health authorities…
CRISPR: A patent jungles surrounding the ownership of the Cas9 system
The scientific merit of the gene-editing technique CRISPR pioneers has been overshadowed in recent years by a patent war that has not yet ended. CRISPR ownership main dispute between the Broad Institute at Harvard University... the genome editors that has finally received a Nobel … Read more.
CRISPR genome editing researhers awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020
Our Observatory has published many articles about gene-editing advances in biomedicine and their bioethical implications. The technique has become popular in laboratories around the world, with applications… Read more.
Genome editing as a reproductive option to avoid inherited diseases. Ethical concerns
It is well known that there are different options available to couples who are at risk of transmitting a genetic disease to their children to try to avoid it. A recent article on this topic assesses the possibility of using genome editing… Read more.
The slippery slope of euthanasia after legalization. Netherlands example
One in 25 people is killed by doctors in Holland frequently mental ill patients Now recent official data confirms that noting has improved the attack on the life… Read more.
A study concluded that palliative care and end of life issues are being neglected
JAMA Surg. has published a report titled Palliative Care and End-of-Life Outcomes Following High-Risk Surgery (Original investigation). The issue has bioethics implications and is a matter that concerns the difficulty of access to adequate palliative care…Read more.
A recent large HPV vaccine study strongly supports the urgent need for universal vaccination
HPV vaccination urgent necessity due to the severe increase of STDs in Western countries. Its efficiency is supported by a recent study… Read more.
The strategy to use frozen embryos in IVF could help to resolve the collapsing of fertility clinics capacity of storage
Two large studies concluded that embryos fresh or frozen options It has the same results but indeed different bioethical implications.…
Down people discrimination before birth in the UK
Basic human rights are not for them. Our Observatory already published the risk of discrimination before the birth of this collective given the new Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT). We feared that the number of children aborted for having Down’s syndrome will rise due to the implementation…
Less suicide by handguns in adolescents in some States. Teen suicide prevention in the US has hopeful news
In 2018, there were more than 48,000 suicides in the United States, particularly among adolescents. In fact, suicide was the second leading cause of death in this age group after unintentional injuries…
The moral status of social robots. Could robots have conscience?
Can robots have significant moral status? An emerging issue among roboticists and bioethicists. An article published in Science and Engineering Ethics makes three contributions to this debate, the one of the them is “behaviorism”…
Laboratory experiments achieve the first step to manufacture skin that electronically responds to painful stimuli
A recent article published in the American journal Advanced Intelligent Systems entitled Artificial Somatosensors: Feedback Receptors for Electronic Skins reported that artificial skin that reacts to pain emulating natural skin appears…
Evolution and bioethical issues of the drug abuse epidemic in the US
The increasing overdoses death in the United States is an issue that worries health care authorities and bioethicists. Are prevention campaigns obtaining positive results? Can doctors do better in the prescription of these drugs? In this respect, we commented… Read more.
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