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nº 40

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January 2016

REPORTS

Genome editing CRISPR-Cas9 As the potential application of genome editing grows, risks appear that must be rigorously analyzed

Genome editing CRISPR-Cas9 technique. Biomedical, ecological and ethical considerations

The real possibility of using this technique for genetic modification of the human germ line, which could have serious and unpredictable... Read more.

Crioconcervación: Nos pregunta una empresa que proyecta prestar este servicio si éste no tiene problemas éticos

Human cryopreservation. Technique and ethical and moral assessment

Cryopreservation consists of preserving human individuals or organs at very low temperatures (less than -130°) in order to preserve themRead more.

NEWS

“El control mundial de la malaria es uno de los logros en salud publica en los últimos 15 años" Organización Mundial de la Salud,

Malaria. 50% decrease in the number of infected individuals in Africa

 "Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the last 15 years" A study by the University of Oxford (Nature doi:10.1038/nature15535) estimates that 663 million cases of malaria have been averted in the last 15 years …Read more.

Allow Involuntary Euthanasia, without consent by patients Slippery slope that has dangerous effects

Involuntary Euthanasia, without consent by patients

Euthanasia, a Slippery slope that could end in involuntary euthanasia Euthanasia was legalised in Belgium in 2002, where is defined as "the intentional termination of a patient's life by a physician at the patient's request" but… Read more.

Leucemia. Se trata a una niña por medio de la edición genómica

Leukaemia. The cancer cells disappeared in a infant treated by genome editing

In June this year, Layla Richards, a one-year-old girl who had been diagnosed with an aggressive form leukaemia at 14 weeks old received a novel treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London… Read more.

IN BRIEF

Embriones congelados. Su destino aún no está proetejido por la ley. ¿Qué hacer con ellos si uno de los cónyuges se niega a que el otro los preserve

Frozen embryos: judge orders their destruction following a divorce

In the June issue of Bioethics News, we examined how assisted reproduction is generating new ethical and legal scenarios, among which... Read more.

Maternal foetal dialogue.This physiological mechanism is only just beginning to be understood

Maternal foetal dialogue. Major breakthrough in knowledge

 This physiological mechanism is only just beginning to be understood. In a previous article, we referred to the maternal foetal dialogue in the genomic area. It is now known… Read more.

Genetic code of humans. Its "grammar" is extremely complex. Human genome sequencing revealed the order of the 3 billion letters but not what they mean

Genetic code of humans. Its "grammar" is more complex than thought

Human genome sequencing revealed the order of the 3 billion letters of A, C, G and T, but not what they mean. A study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in the latest edition of international science journal Nature... Read more.

British Chamber of Commons voted by a large majority against a bill that proposed legalizing euthanasia by 330 votes against to 118 in favour

Legalizing euthanasia : British parliament votes again against

On 11th September 2015, the British Chamber of Commons voted by a large majority against a bill that proposed legalizing euthanasia by 330 votes against to 118 in favour. Among the principal voices that contributed… Read more.

Bayer contraceptives. Civil proceedings against the company due to higher risks

Bayer contraceptives. Civil proceedings against the company due to higher risks

Last December, in the court in Waldshut (Germany), another civil proceedings were opened against Bayer because of the higher risks of serious adverse reactions associated... Read more.

European fertility rates and the age women have children are worsen according to Eurostat report

European fertility rates and the age at which women were having children worsen

According to a Eurostat report, the european fertility rates in 2008 was 1.61 children per woman. Later, with the eruption of the economic crisis, the figure could only worsen, falling to 1.58 in 2012... Read more.

Assisted suicide in patients with "treatment-resistant depression"

Assisted suicide in patients with "treatment-resistant depression"

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015). However, their arguments are called into question… Read more.