Bioethics press synthesis

Genetically modified human embryos in the United States

19 February 2019

Dieter Egli, a biologist at Columbia University in New York, is conducting experiments with CRISPR on human embryos to "one day" prevent the occurrence of hereditary diseases, specifically retinitis...

United Kingdom and Scotland introduce presumed consent to organ donation

19 February 2019

Following in the footsteps of Wales in 2015, Scotland and the United Kingdom are in the process of changing their organ donation schemes to a presumed consent system. The UK House of Lords approved...

43rd annual Day for Life in Italy: "Defending life is an absolute duty"

19 February 2019

On 2 February, Pope Francis told the world that there is an "absolute duty to defend life". On the eve of the 43rd annual Day for Life, he addressed a delegation from the Italian Pro-Life Movement at...

Sperm bank claims $20,000 from woman who locates her daughter's donor

19 February 2019

Danielle Teuscher, a 30-year-old single American mother, underwent a genetic test for herself and her daughter Zoe, conceived five years ago using sperm donation. The gamete donation came from...

Women receiving IVF increase risk of serious complications on delivery by 40%

19 February 2019

IVF increases the risk of serious complications on delivery such as sepsis, bleeding or ICU admission by 40%. A Canadian study has just published this figure. The team of researchers at McGill...

US sperm bank sued for providing sperm from a schizophrenic donor

19 February 2019

On 4 February 2019 in Atlanta, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against an Atlanta sperm bank accused of having "fraudulently promoted a donor as healthy and highly educated when...

Euthanasia, an alarming review of legislation in Switzerland, Belgium and Holland

19 February 2019

Whilst the question of euthanasia is regularly raised with French legislators, an initial evaluation of the legalisation concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium, Holland and Switzerland...

Donald Trump opposes late-term abortions

19 February 2019

On Tuesday, during his State of the Union address, US President Donald Trump raised the issue of abortion. He called for a restriction on late-term abortions, referring to controversies over the...


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