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    Mediterranean anaemia can be treated using gene therapy

      Mediterranean anaemia can be treated using gene therapy

    Every year, around 300,000 children are born worldwide with β-thalassaemia, a type of hereditary anaemia that, that it presents asymptomatically

    New breakthrough in the treatment of Crohn’s disease using cell therapy

      New breakthrough in the treatment of Crohn’s disease using cell therapy

    Crohn’s disease treatment using cell therapy. In 2009, Spanish researchers (see HERE) proposed the use of mesenchymal stem cells for

    Tissues and organs production using 3D printing: a hopeful but distant possibility

      Tissues and organs production using 3D printing: a hopeful but distant possibility

    A topic that has major ethical connotations is  tissues and organs production using the innovative 3D printing technique. A recent article

    Embryonic stem cells treatment is used to treat spinal cord injury with apparent success

      Embryonic stem cells treatment is used to treat spinal cord injury with apparent success

    Doctors are careful not to predict Boesen’s future progress Keck Medical Centre of the University of Southern California (USC, United

    The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

      The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

    The national prevention plan has proven to be ineffective The incidence of suicidal behaviour has risen in Spain from barely

    Euthanasia applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time

      Euthanasia applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time

    Last September, news spread that euthanasia had been applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time.  In 2014,

    Functional eggs obtained for the first time from mouse skin

      Functional eggs obtained for the first time from mouse skin

    Scientists in Japan have transformed mouse skin cells into eggs and have managed to obtain fertile offspring after their fertilisation

    Preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Does it improve the effectiveness of IVF?

      Preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Does it improve the effectiveness of IVF?

    PGD reduces the live birth rates when used with IVF There is no doubt that a medical and ethical objective

    She aborted her child to save her brother’s life. A paradigmatic case of medical and ethical manipulation

      She aborted her child to save her brother’s life. A paradigmatic case of medical and ethical manipulation

    Can bone marrow really not be obtained from a pregnant woman? Because if it can, there would be no medical

    Is it true that there are vaccines produced using aborted fetuses?

      Is it true that there are vaccines produced using aborted fetuses?

    Some of the vaccines currently used to prevent diseases such as rubella, measles, rabies, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A, chickenpox or smallpox

    Ethical reflection on the latest biomedical experiments by Juan Carlos Izpisua and his group

      Ethical reflection on the latest biomedical experiments by Juan Carlos Izpisua and his group

    Over the last few days, some of the biomedical experiments conducted by Juan Carlos Izpisua and his group — in

    A review of the incidence of the Zika virus and its ethical aspects

      A review of the incidence of the Zika virus and its ethical aspects

    The Zika virus, which we have been reporting on in our Observatory (see HERE), is an arbovirus that is causing

    Euthanasia and assisted suicide. Attitudes and practice in countries where they have been legalised

      Euthanasia and assisted suicide. Attitudes and practice in countries where they have been legalised

     The ethical and legal aspects of euthanasia and assisted suicide continue to be the subject of active controversy. Some countries

    Latest global abortion figures suggest measures to prevent them and make known their true meaning

      Latest global abortion figures suggest measures to prevent them and make known their true meaning

    Knowing the incidence of abortion in different parts of the world is important in order to promote measures to prevent

    Pregnancy risks in older women

      Pregnancy risks in older women

    Advanced reproductive age is a risk factor for women’s fertility, pregnancy loss, foetal abnormalities, stillbirth and obstetric complications. The American

    Incidence of ectopic embryos doubles in assisted reproduction

      Incidence of ectopic embryos doubles in assisted reproduction

    Ectopic pregnancies are a serious obstetric complication, also occurring after assisted reproduction. Several articles report that the incidence of ectopic

    Nepal also bans surrogacy industry

      Nepal also bans surrogacy industry

    The supreme court of justice in Nepal has decided to suspend all surrogacy programmes in the country. After surrogacy was

    Organoids. Mini-kidneys produced with iPS cells

      Organoids. Mini-kidneys produced with iPS cells

    Regenerating or producing a kidney is very complex — if not impossible right now — since more than 20 different

    First child born after mother-daughter uterus transplant

      First child born after mother-daughter uterus transplant

    Uterus transplantation is accompanied by an intense clinical and ethical debate (see HERE). The outcome of the first case in which

    Role of genetic engineering in European agriculture

      Role of genetic engineering in European agriculture

    Criticises the attitude of politicians, on not recognising the value of new farming technologies The scientific advisor HFFA Research GmbH

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