Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vatican Helps Fund Stem Cell Research

This is great news.
New York City, N.Y., May 25, 2010 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican issued a communique on Tuesday announcing a joint initiative with an international bio-pharmaceutical company to raise awareness and expand research of adult stem cell therapy.

Neostem Inc. and the Pontifical Council for Culture will combine the efforts of their respective foundations, the Stem for Life Foundation and STOQ (Science Theology and the Ontological Quest) Foundation, to advance research and explore the use of adult stem cells in regenerative medicine.

Fr. Tomasz Trafny from the Council for Culture remarked in a May 19 press release, "Considering the potential implication of scientific investigation, medical applicability and the cultural impact of research on adult stem cells, we view the collaboration with NeoStem as a critical effort."

"Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs involving cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we come one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering,” he said.

The pontifical council is particularly excited about the company's VSEL technology, which utilizes adult stem cells that behave like embryonic stem cells in their ability to regenerate and repair. Fr. Trafny said the technology could receive a significant financial investment from the Church.
The Church has always supported moral scientific research. But, killing in order to help others is not moral.

For more on this issue, see the following:
**I was an embryo once too...
**Stem cells and Emotions
**Stem Cells For Dummies
**Stem Cells

1 comment:

Erin said...

It's so great to see the Church sponsoring promising and morally acceptable science. It has always been at the forefront of scientific discoveries and there's no reason for the current belief that faith and science are at odds.