Bioethics press synthesis

Angola: draft bill criminalising abortion is postponed indefinitely

28 March 2017

Reform of the Angolan criminal code, voted on during the initial reading last month, included a draft bill aimed at suppressing abortion (see Angola reforms its abortion law). On Thursday, the...

Stem cells: excessive expectations lead to scandals

28 March 2017

In the United States, three women aged 72, 78 and 88 have lost their sight following stem cell injections in their eyes, in 2015, to treat ARMD. This resulted in "a gradual and irreversible loss of...

Palliative care must take a person's spiritual and religious needs into account

28 March 2017

In the United Kingdom, the National Institute for Health and Care has just published "an end of life guide". The concept of "palliative care" was created in this country (where euthanasia is...

Abortion is decriminalised in the United Kingdom

28 March 2017

Abortion was decriminalised in the United Kingdom on 13 March. This heralds a "symbolic" change that "will not affect the number and frequency of abortions" authorised since 1967 in the UK. Performed...

eGenesis launches xenotransplantation trial

28 March 2017

The eGenesis start-up project has collected €38 million to finance porcine DNA modification trials. The aim is to create organ reservoirs for human transplants. Scientists will use the CRISPR genome...

Three-parent IVF: first British licence

28 March 2017

In the United Kingdom, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted the first licence to carry out three-parent IVFto the Newcastle Fertility Centre. According to the centre, the...

Genome editing used to treat retinal degeneration?

28 March 2017

On 14 March, a team led by scientists at the National Eye Institute announced in Nature Communications that a treatment applying CRISPR- Cas9 directly to the eye by means of a viral carrier prevented...

Japan: iPS cells save the sight of a female patient

28 March 2017

An 80 year-old woman has been treated successfully with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in Japan. A small number of retinal cells created in the laboratory protected her sight by combating her...


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