The Vicent Lambert: The UN Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities calls for euthanasia decision to be suspended

On 4 May 2019, the UN International Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – to which the matter was referred by Vincent Lambert’s parents – asked France to suspend, «as a precautionary measure,» the decision to stop Vincent Lambert’s hydration and nutrition «while this case is investigated on its merits«. «Although we…

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Surrogacy: «A woman cannot be used as a means of reproduction»

«Faced with these undeniable advances in managing infertility, potential problems have arisen from their use». During a debate organised by the European Lawyers’ Union (UAE) in Marseille, Gérard Abitbol – the UAE’s dean of honorary presidents – addressed a panel of professionals, the majority of whom were judges, doctors and lawyers. «MAR and surrogacy bear…

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Towards new regenerative therapies to create in-vivo blood vessels?

Faced with the permanent shortage of organ donors, researchers are looking into alternatives. 3D-bioprinting «to build fully functional organs outside the body» has already begun to prove its worth: for example, to create artificial corneas that can be transplanted into the eye. However, bioprinting requires extensive equipment for culturing and transplanting. Researchers at the University of Fribourg…

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