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Genome editing. First clinical trial using the CRISPR technique authorised in humans

  Genome editing. First clinical trial using the CRISPR technique authorised in humans

If there is one technique on which biomedicine has pinned its hopes, it is CRISPR, a genome editing technology that

Zika virus and microcephaly. Causal relationship is confirmed by recent article

  Zika virus and microcephaly. Causal relationship is confirmed by recent article

A medical problem with ethical repercussions is whether or not the Zika virus causes microcephaly, a subject that we have

Prohibition of experimentation with human embryos ratified by the Italian Constitutional Court

  Prohibition of experimentation with human embryos ratified by the Italian Constitutional Court

“Banning of all clinical and experimental human embryos experimentation that is not to its benefit” The ban on experimenting on

Experimental production of funcional spermatozoa in mice

  Experimental production of funcional spermatozoa in mice

“Could this technique also be performed in humans to treat infertility problems without ethical problems?” A major step has been

Sexually transmitted diseases found in 25% of sexually active teenagers in the United States

  Sexually transmitted diseases found in 25% of sexually active teenagers in the United States

Programe based on creating a website, especially targeted at sexually active teenagers Around 1 in 4 sexually active teenagers in

New attempts to artificially produce mini brains

  New attempts to artificially produce mini brains

Organome, a company from Baltimore in the United States, hopes to artificially produce mini brains that can be used in research.

Active euthanasia also opposed by United States physicians

  Active euthanasia also opposed by United States physicians

In a recent survey carried out among the members of the American Medical Association, it was found that only 15%

Proposal to increase chemical abortion by telemedicine in the United States

  Proposal to increase chemical abortion by telemedicine in the United States

We must not forget all the medical and ethical difficulties that accompany abortion and, of course, chemical abortion. At the

Is it ethically admissible that more than half of HIV-positive patients do not have access to treatment?

  Is it ethically admissible that more than half of HIV-positive patients do not have access to treatment?

‘The incidence of HIV infection has not fallen, making treatments accessible is a pressing public health measure’ As reported in

Mitochondrial surprises

  Mitochondrial surprises

The hereditary diseases that scientists are attempting to sidestep can remain According to the endosymbiotic hypothesis, around 1500 million years

Causes of transsexualism. Is there a transsexuality gene?

  Causes of transsexualism. Is there a transsexuality gene?

Definition of transsexuality According to the most recent psychiatric medical criteria, transsexuality can be defined as a disorder of sexual

 Genetic engineering. New genetically modified microorganism is synthesised

   Genetic engineering. New genetically modified microorganism is synthesised

The company Synthetic Genomics has synthesised genetically modified microorganisms to produce biofuels and different chemical products. The bacteria produced —

Medical errors is now the third cause of death in the United States

  Medical errors is now the third cause of death in the United States

“Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States” (Washington Post, jun. 3 2016) A problem that

Stem cells and the production of organoids at the forefront of biomedical science

  Stem cells and the production of organoids at the forefront of biomedical science

There are topics in which biomedical interest merges with ethical interest. One of these is undoubtedly the subject of stem

Medical research ethics and “Laudato Si”

  Medical research ethics and “Laudato Si”

With the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato si”, it has been suggested that a change in position has been

Suicide rate increases in the United States. Rises 2% every year

  Suicide rate increases in the United States. Rises 2% every year

The largest increase occurred in 10-14 year old girls After the steady decline in suicide rates in the United States

Tracheal transplants debate performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital continues

  Tracheal transplants debate performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital continues

The debate regarding the ethicality of the tracheal transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm continues.

Fraudulent cell therapy. South Korea increases safety regulations

  Fraudulent cell therapy. South Korea increases safety regulations

It is known that cell therapy is not free from risks (see our article on fraudulent cell therapy), and that

Mother to child transmission of HIV? Now affected couples could conceive a healthy child naturally

  Mother to child transmission of HIV? Now affected couples could conceive a healthy child naturally

Mother to child transmission of HIV is almost resolved. When the existence of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Abortion-free spaces in the USA. New legal authorisation to refuse to perform abortions

  Abortion-free spaces in the USA. New legal authorisation to refuse to perform abortions

Lively controversy has been stirred up in the United States on whether religious institutions have the obligation to provide healthcare

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