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Bioethics

 

Culture and reason in defence of people

The autonomy of every institution and the freedom to discuss and think are seen by the European ethical committees as fundamental conditions for bringing to ...

Bioethics in the novel

Growing up on Long Island, studying for a Master's in education at Harvard (taking courses by Carol Gilligan) and studying creative writing at Princeton, Jodi ...

Through the darkness

Carlo Alberto Defanti, a neurologist and expert in bioethics, has written a book called Eugenetica: un tabù contemporaneo. Storia di un'idea controversa (Turin, Codice edizioni, ...

By his nature man is related to the infinite

In the US the philosopher Peter Singer of Princeton University, one of the most influential bioethicists (known as the father of animal rights), wrote in ...

If life is 'unworthy of being lived'

The book by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, Die Freigabe der Venrichtung lebensunwerten Lebens (allowing the destruction of life unworthy of living) which came out ...

Sydney still focused on adult stem cells

“Their project on finding a way to develop these adult stem cells that could well revolutionise the treatment of a whole range of diseases highlights ...

From generation to generation

We strongly feel the need to re-found the pastoral policies of the Church in defence of the family and life by deepening our anthropological knowledge, ...

Nothing justifies the destruction of even one human life

The Church does not impede scientific progress, but on the contrary to guide it in a direction that is truly fruitful and beneficial to humanity. ...

But hope does come from violating life

We anticipate the intervention which the Bishop of Terni - Narni - Amelia will give in the afternoon of 10 November during the conference, "Adult ...

Hypocrates in the laboratory

“Rome is the birthplace of many of the world’s greatest ideas”, Dr Robin L. Smith, Chairman and ceo of NeoStem and President of Stem for ...

Ruling in favour of human dignity

The ruling, issued on Tuesday, 18 October, by the European Court of Justice on the patent-eligibility of cells and cell lines obtained from human embryos, ...

Short-sighted positivism

“IVF has its own set of strict administration rules that leave the women physically and emotionally exhausted. Feeling alienated and frustrated, many IVF users turn ...

Supporting women in defense of life

Leaders of the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Methodist and Evangelical communities in Colombia have signed a joint appeal in defense of life, calling for respect for ...

Freedom of conscience

“A violation of rights of conscience”, said the Bishops of the United States, commenting on the recent decision of the United States Administration to authorize ...

Considering handicap

“Did you have a pre-natal diagnosis during your pregnancy?” asked Emanuela Zuccala’ in 2008 to the then 39-year-old writer, Silvia Ballestra. “Of course,” she responded ...

Women make the difference

“Was my donor a woman?” says the protagonist, Walter, to his psychologist in the Italian novel Chiedo scusa , by Francesco Abate and Saverio Mastrofranco ...

In Italy, a favorable opinion of the 5-day “morning-after” pill

A favorable opinion was issued yesterday by the Superior Council on Health (CSS) to the Italian government for the registration in Italy of the so-called ...

Hope is not helped by lies

While we await the decision of the European Court of Justice on the issue of patents for embryonic stem-cell derived products and in Germany, a ...

France says no to embryonic research

A positive turnaround in France on a controversial draft law on bioethics. The amendment on the possibility of regulated research on embryonic stem cells, supported ...

The erosion of human rights

In an era awash with concern for civil guarantees, is it possible that science and medicine actually erode human rights? Difficult to believe, but that ...

The voice of conscience

It is not difficult to foresee that many of the media will report on Benedict XVI’s Discourse to the Pontifical Academy for Life. And they ...

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