Bioethics press synthesis

Research focuses on a supple artificial heart made from silicone

31 July 2017

Today, 26 million people around the world suffer from heart failure and donors are seldom found. An innovative artificial heart has been developed at the École polytechnique fédérale in Zurich (...

Abortion in Canada fuels anger in Bishops

31 July 2017

A speech delivered in early June in the Commons Chamber in Ottawa, Canada, by Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, has triggered a reaction from Monsignor Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton...

Luxembourg: MAP/ Surrogacy - the Legal Committee reconsiders rights

31 July 2017

On 12 July, members of the Luxembourg Legal Committee considered parenting rights based on draft law 6568.   The MPs focused priorities on protecting the superior right of the child,...

United States: Zion, who has had two hand transplants, can write

31 July 2017

Zion Harvey had his hands and feet amputated and his kidneys removed as a young child following septicaemia. He had already undergone a kidney transplant several years ago and was taking anti-...

Chile: The Senate approves the legalisation of abortion in three specific cases

31 July 2017

In Chile, following the approval of MPs on 17 March 2016 and initial validation by the Senate on 25 January 2017, the draft bill decriminalising abortion in three instances, namely rape, foetal...

Heredity factors is more than the sum of our genes

31 July 2017

 "Whereas genetics is the study of genes, epigenetics refers to a "layer" of additional information, which defines how these genes will or won't be used by a cell. In other words, epigenetics...

Assisted suicide legislation passed in Columbia, in the USA but Congress wish to rescind the law

28 July 2017

Assisted suicide legislation came into force on Monday, 17 July 2017, in the US District of Columbia. Patients over the age of 18 with up to 6 months to life can now obtain a prescription for lethal...

An "ethical black box" urgently required for robots

28 July 2017

Robots are gradually entering the public domain and are increasingly interacting with humans. With regard to ethical questions, university lecturers are advocating a "black box" for robots, like the...


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