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Stem Cell Research

The Catholic Church opposes embryonic stem-cell research because it destroys human life. Nonetheless, the promise of stem cells for curing serious disease creates great pressure to harvest these cells.

It pays dividends to begin with the basics. What are stem cells? What potential do they have, and why? What are embryos, and what moral demands do they make upon us?

Next, we need a critical awareness of the great medical success already achieved using adult stem cells, which hurts nobody, as compared with the serious lack of success using embryonic stem cells.

Finally, since the science changes constantly while the moral principles remain the same, what could be better than a web site and blog on these topics written by a Catholic molecular biologist?

If you only have time to look at three things, LOOK AT THESE.

  1. A Primer on Stem Cells
  2. A Scientific Appraisal of Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells
  3. Mary Meets Dolly: A Catholic's Guide to Genetics, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Site Review)
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