Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vatican microscopes focus on stem cells

Church merges science with faith
A microscope's view shows a colony of human embryonic stem cells (light blue) growing on fibroblasts (dark blue). Alan Trounson / Reuters / CNS.
Did you know the Church approves of stem-cell research? Well adult ones anyway. Alistair Burns explores the controversial bio-ethical issue in the latest article at The B.C. Catholic website:
Stem cells are at the heart of the latest bioethical battle for the Catholic Church. They are the sometimes enigmatic microscopic organisms, able to increase in numbers through mitosis, that are found in numerous places in the body.

"The Church does not reject science; far from it. Instead, there must be a respect for the sacredness of human life,' said Father John Horgan, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, and a former chaplain to St. Paul's Hospital.

Stem cells are either embryonic or adult. Embryonic are present in the unborn, while adult stem cells are found in anyone, regardless of age.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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