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Vatican conference aims to advance public understanding of adult stem-cell research

Catholic World News - April 09, 2013

The Vatican has invited journalists to attend a conference on the medical use of adult stem cells, noting the importance of providing the public with adequate information about the latest developments in this field.

The conference, which will be held in the Synod Hall at the Vatican from April 11 to 13, will continue the Vatican’s partnership with the NeoStem firm and the Stem for Life Foundation in the quest to advance stem-cell research while using ethically acceptable means.

At an April 9 press conference outlining plans for the conference, Msgr. Tomasz Trafny of the Pontifical Council for Culture emphasized the importance of making science accessible to public discussion. He observed that “contemporary science seems increasingly hermetic, impenetrable to the uninitiated and, as such, needs translating, without which it sometimes becomes difficult, if not impossible, to follow its developments.” He said that the conference planners had asked speakers “to make their knowledge more accessible to those without a scientific background.”

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