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April 2016 - updated

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These technics could affect ecosystems.The question today is whether we should use this technique to alter natural populations

Explosive mix could affect ecosystems. Gene drive and CRISPR Cas9 techniques

The question today is whether we should use this technique to alter natural populations. There are several risks that must be taken into account: the off-target effects.…Leer más.

Producing human organs in animal chimeras presents medical and ethical objetive problems although offers possibilities for resolving the scarcity of organs

Producing human organs in animal chimeras raises objective medical and ethical problems

The production of animal chimeras in which quasi-human organs can be developed. This has been attempted using human embryonic stem cells …Leer más.

NEWS

"Medicine babies” or saviour siblings ethical debate

"Medicine babies” or saviour siblings ethical debate

“Saviour sibling”  will always be considered as a therapeutic remedy for his older brother or sister.  Just when the controversy over the production since the establishment of umbilical cord blood banks… Leer más.

European Court of Human Rights declared that two Articles of a promoting assisted suicide law in the United Kingdom were inadmissible.

The European Court of Human Rights declares inadmissible an assisted suicide law 

The European Court of Human Rights declared that two Articles of a  promoting assisted suicide law in the United Kingdom were inadmissible … Leer más.

What is the real efficacity of IVF clinic.This anlighting study proves it is generally much lower live birth rates than offered.

IVF clinic success rates are much lower than those claimed in their advertising brochures

An importantl issue is to determine the efficacy of IVF following one or several fertilisation cycles, … Leer más.

IN BRIEF

Right to life and public opinion. Polling has consistently shown a solid majority of Americans are opposed to the vast majority of elective abortions

Defenders of the right to life continues to grow in the United States public opinion

. A study has noted that “for the better part of almost three decades, public opinion polling has consistently shown a solid majority of Americans are opposed to the vast majority of elective abortionsLeer más.

The incidence of HIV infection fell but the epidemic continues and late diagnosis of HIV remains a key challenge despite declining rates

HIV infection figures remain high despite falling rates

The incidence of HIV infection fell between 1990 and 2013. Nevertheless, these figures are evidently still high and must be … Leer más.

World Health Organisation warns that sexual transmission and and microencephaly in newborns with Zika virus has not been conclusively demonstrated

Two interesting topics related with the Zika virus

In 2013, the Zika virus was detected for the first time in the semen of a patient. The first case of sexual transmission of the virus has recently been detected… Leer más.

Right to assisted suicide is pushing trough in USA

Right to assisted suicide is pushing through in the United States

This practice is legalised only in the states of Oregon, Washington and Vermont and by court rulings in Montana and New Mexico. Furthermore, 25 states… Leer más.

Four transplanted in France with artificial hearts. ResutsThe first patient, a 76-year-old died 75 after, now the last patient dead as the other three

Latest outcomes of artificial hearts for transplant

Artificial hearts for trasplant results. The first total artificial heart transplant in a human took place in Paris in December 2013, the patient, a 76-year-old man, died after … Leer más.

Cell therapy used as crohns disease treatment. A decisive study has now been published in relation to this chronic bowel disease.

Cell therapy as a treatment of Crohn’s disease

Cell therapy is not always useful for the treatment of some diseases.. In a study, no differences were found as regards improvement in the disease between the group treated wit… Leer más.