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Vatican agency, Italian firm join to promote adult stem-cell research

May 25, 2010

The Pontifical Council for Culture has joined with an Italian biotech firm, NeoStem, in a joint effort to promote public recognition of the medical potential for use of adult stem cells. The initiative will "develop educational programs, publications and academic courses with an interdisciplinary approach for theological and philosophical faculties, including those of bioethics, around the world," the Vatican announced.

The joint effort is intended to encourage stem-cell research using stem cells taken from licit sources. At the same time, the Pontifical Council for Culture and NeoStem will seek to raise public awareness of the fact that the most promising developments in stem-cell research have involved tissues taken from adult sources.


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  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - May. 25, 2010 1:42 PM ET USA

    Yeay! I was very much encouraged recently to see a feature article on the benefits of adult stem cell research ON THE COVER of the Scientific American. It looks like the ideological push for embryonic stem cell research (which has borne NO fruit, nor is it likely ever to do so) is finally being overtaken by the FACTS about therapies that are already helping people, which have been developed from adult stem cell research.