Navigation Links
Stem Cell Breakthrough Advances Science Without 'Ethical Landmines,' Says Cardinal
Date:11/20/2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

"Studies published this week in the journals Cell and Science offer new hope for advancing stem cell research and therapies while fully respecting the dignity of human life.

"Scientists in Japan and Wisconsin used four genes to 'reprogram' ordinary adult human cells, creating 'induced pluripotent stem cells' (iPS cells). James Thomson, head of the Wisconsin team and the founder of human embryonic stem cell research, says these cells 'meet the defining criteria' for pluripotent human embryonic stem cells, 'with the significant exception that the iPS cells are not derived from embryos.'

"Thus the goal sought for years through failed attempts at human cloning - the production of 'pluripotent' stem cells that are an exact genetic match to a patient - has been brought within reach by an ethical procedure. This technology avoids the many ethical landmines associated with embryonic stem cell research: it does not clone or destroy human embryos, does not harm or exploit women for their eggs, and does not blur the line between human beings and other species through desperate efforts to make human embryos using animal eggs. Ian Wilmut, head of the team that cloned 'Dolly' the sheep, now says he is abandoning efforts at human 'therapeutic cloning' to pursue this adult cell reprogramming avenue instead, because it is technically superior as well as 'easier to accept socially.'

"I am grateful today for scientists who took up the challenge of finding morally acceptable ways to pursue stem cell research, and for government leaders who have encouraged and funded such avenues. This advance reminds us once again that medical progress and respect for human life are not in conflict; they can and should support and enrich one another for the good of all."


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat forPro-Life
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Cephalon Announces Positive Results from a Pivotal Study of FENTORA in Opioid-tolerant Patients with Non-cancer Breakthrough Pain
2. Potential Breakthrough Cancer Treatment Emerges from MIPS-Funded Clinical Trial Teaming CSA Medical Inc. and University of Maryland Researchers
3. Vical Reports Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results, Allowance of Pandemic Influenza IND and Other Advances in Product Development Programs
4. Pre-clinical Data on Recent Advances with HIV VLP Vaccine Presented at AIDS Vaccine 07 Conference
5. Avicena Scientific Collaborator Advances Program for Using Energy Enhancing Molecules to Treat Neuromuscular Diseases
6. Groundbreaking Study Proves Personalized Diet Based on Genetics Leads to Significant Advances in Long Term Weight Management and Blood Glucose Levels
7. Thermo Fisher Scientific Advances Gene-Silencing Technology for Life Sciences Research
8. ImmuneRegen BioSciences Reports Material Transfer Agreement with VaxGen, Inc.
9. Intellect Neurosciences, Inc. to Present Data on Alzheimers Vaccine at 13th International Congress of Immunology Conference
10. Advanced Life Sciences Collaborates with U.S. Government to Study Cethromycin as Treatment for Anthrax and Other High-Priority Biodefense Agents
11. The Heart, Diabetes, And Weight Loss Centers of New York Introduce the New Science of Metabolic Diagnosis and Weight Management
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... OAKS, Calif. , Feb. 5, 2016 Amgen ... 5 th Annual Global Healthcare Conference at 9:15 a.m. ... York City . David W. Meline , executive ... at the conference. Live audio of the presentation can be ... , under Investors. A replay of the webcast will also ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 5, 2016  As people age, it is natural ... recommended screenings and tests that are linked with certain ... for the majority of aging individuals, hearing health is ... the 37.5 million American adults who report some trouble ... make hearing health a 2016 healthy aging priority.[1] ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD ), today ... be presenting at Source Capital Group,s 2016 Disruptive Growth & ... at 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Mr. ... place at 3:15 p.m. ET. http://www.aethlonmedical.com .  The ... the conclusion of the live event. The panel discussion will ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:2/5/2016)... New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... the election of Patrick McDermott as Chairman of the National Board of Directors. Mr. ... as Chairman of the Board,” stated Leslie A. Chambers , APDA President and ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Stuart ... tattoo technology, the PicoSure. Designed to provide the most effective tattoo removal today, Dr. ... with unmatched results. , Developed by Cynosure, the PicoSure has been approved by the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... X. Move from on one drop zone to the next using Colorize's dynamic moving ... complements any project. This package includes a 3D slideshow environment with 1 to 5 ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Health and wellness is a topic that should concern ... they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a severe form of a headache and ... would not wish the pain on their worst enemy, the feeling can last for ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... On ... Rare Diseases, a continuing medical education (CME) event presented by the Association for ... kind—and a first for ACCORD, whose mission is to provide education, tools, and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):