Bioethics press synthesis

In Chile, conscientious objection to abortion extends to institutions

17 October 2017

Following the vote on the bill to decriminalise abortion in Chile at the end of August (see Chile decriminalises abortion in some cases), the Constitutional Court extended conscientious objection to...

Human embryo stem cells: Asterias continues its trials

17 October 2017

The Asterias company is carrying out a 1/2A clinical trial for patients presenting spinal cord injuries. This trial assess the safety and efficacy of AST-OPC1 therapy, which involves injecting these...

iPS cells, source of pneumocytes

17 October 2017

A team of scientists at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Boston School of Medicine has succeeded in obtaining functional type II pneumocytes [1] from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS)....

Financing the preservation of gametes harvested from transgender adolescents: the NHS in the spotlight

13 October 2017

NHS[1] clinics are allowing dozens of transgender adolescents to freeze their sperm or preserve their eggs to enable them to have a child following a sex change.   Some boys, often as...

United Kingdom has a plant to create "risk-free" genetically modified mosquitoes

13 October 2017

In the United Kingdom, the biotechnology company, Oxitec, a subsidiary of British company, Intrexon, "is constructing a huge plant". The aim of this new facility costing €8.2 million, is to "produce...

United States: heading towards banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy?

13 October 2017

The United States House of Representatives "passed a bill on Tuesday to punish doctors performing abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy". It carries a prison sentence of up to five years for...

United States: the Supreme Court will not hear the case of surrogate mother, Melissa Cook

12 October 2017

Melissa Cook, surrogate mother who hit the headlines in 2015, presented her case to the Supreme Court: pregnant with triplets following a surrogacy agreement in California, the intended father asked...

Genetic tests and pre-natal screening: patients' reactions challenge the predictions of scientists

12 October 2017

For thirty years, predictive genetic tests ("capable of informing a healthy person at the time of the test whether or not he/she will become ill") have been offered to children with one parent...


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