Biomedical research

Coronavirus Vaccines and the Use of Aborted Fetal Cells

Author / Source : European Institute of Bioethics Published on : Thematic : Biomedical research / News Temps de lecture : 10 min.

Coronavirus Vaccines and the Use of Aborted Fetal Cells

At a time of accelerated development of vaccines against Covid-19, being well-informed is important, especially regarding the ethics of how these vaccines are developed and then produced and tested. The potential use of aborted fetuses' cell lines at any stage of the process is key for the ethical discernment. The Charlotte Lozier Institute in the United States has published, on the basis of a rigorous analysis of the scientific literature and the results of clinical trials, a det...

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The International Society for Stem Cell Research Drops the 14-day Limit on Human Embryo Research

Author / Source : European Institute of Bioethics Published on : Thematic : Biomedical research / News Temps de lecture : 8 min.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research Drops the 14-day Limit on Human Embryo Research

During the last four decades, a period of 14 days was officially accepted as the ethical and legal limit on human embryo research. In other words, scientists were not allowed to pursue research on embryos beyond the fourteenth day after their fertilisation or after their unfreezing if they were previously frozen. This limit was recommended for the first time by the 1984 Report of the UK governmental Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology, also named after the Committee...

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