THE Vatican will organise a conference to promote adult stem cell research as an alternative to research using destroyed human embryos, which is considered by the Roman Catholic Church as deeply unethical and less effective.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, at a briefing on Tuesday said several leading world scientists would attend on Thursday including Britain’s John Gurdon, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine last year.
Ravasi said the upcoming meeting showed the Church did “not intervene only negatively” in the debate on stem cell research and its commitment to finding cures was not
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An international conference entitled: ‘Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture‘ is due to begin today in the Vatican, lasting until 11 November. The event, which has been organised by the US Stem for Life Foundation and by the Pontifical Council for Culture, has the aim of supporting research and increasing public awareness of treatment using adult stem cells.
The conference will be attended by 350 scientists, religious figures, politicians, educators and industry representatives.
Primary stem cells are of two kinds: embryonic and adult. When a stem cell