Bioethics press synthesis

Netherlands: euthanasia up by 67% in five years

24 May 2018

In the Netherlands, 4,188 people were euthanised in 2012, compared to over 7,000 in 2017. These figures were highlighted in a study...

Medically assisted reproduction in Spain: babies guaranteed in 24 months or money back

24 May 2018

IVI, the Spanish fertility clinic in Valencia[1], is launching a new programme with guarantees that could prove interesting to Europeans: “...

Substantial savings through palliative care

24 May 2018

Palliative care[1] reduces hospital costs and reduces the time spent in hospital according to a recent study published on 30 April in JAMA...

Rare genetic disorder treated in utero

24 May 2018

A protein injection during pregnancy has cured all of the symptoms in three children suffering from XLHED—a rare and sometimes fatal...

Disembodied pig brains kept alive artificially for 36 hours

24 May 2018

During a meeting organised by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), a neuroscientist from Yale University, Nenad Sestan, revealed...

Brain sensors used in China to detect employees' emotions

24 May 2018

Employees at Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric in China wear hats or helmets fitted with “sensors to analyse their brain waves” while they work....

Iowa: beating heart? No abortion

24 May 2018

In the US state of Iowa, the legislature has just adopted a more restrictive abortion law—the most restrictive in the country. As soon as...

Computer algorithm failure in the United Kingdom - hundreds of breast-cancer cases not screened

24 May 2018

In 2009, a computer algorithm failure occurred in a software programme used to invite British women over 50 to undergo routine breast...

Social services remove child born through surrogacy to British couple, considered too old for parenthood

24 May 2018

A one-year-old born through surrogacy to a couple aged 65 and 63 has just been taken into care by UK Social Services who deem that the...

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Gènéthique informs you

Abortion in Poland: misleading statements of the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights

06 April 2018

On Friday, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, threatened Poland that the potential adoption of its draft bill against eugenic abortion would violate the country's human rights' commitments[1].   This is not the first time that Mr. Muiznieks has advocated abortion.   However, on closer examination, his threat seems exaggerated for the most...

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