Bioethics

Growing human organs for transplant inside human-pig chimeras?

For the first time, American researchers are proposing growing human organs in half-human, half-animal hybrid embryos called chimeras to allow more transplants. In order to overcome the organ donation shortage for transplants, researchers in California have developed...

Portugal vetoes the Surrogacy law

Portugal’s president has just vetoed a law authorizing surrogacy on June 7, 2016. The law modifying the conditions for recourse to medically assisted procreation (MAP) was passed in parliament last May 13th by a slim majority. The new law extends MAP to single women...

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to be allowed in Switzerland

On June 5, 2016 a majority of Swiss voters (62.4%) approved a modification to the law for medically assisted reproduction to authorize “pre-implantation genetic diagnosis” (PGD), in spite of misgivings expressed by disabled persons’ associations. PGD consists in...

Council of Europe: No Maternity Traffic petition found admissible

On May 26, 2016 the Presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) declared that the No Maternity Traffic petition was found admissible. It will thus be transmitted to the Committee on Social Affairs to be included as part of the report on...