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Vatican     DON'T OVERSTEP LIMITS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH: POPE
Pope John Paul II has praised the progress made by medical researchers but warned that clinical experiments should not overstep the boundary of respect for human dignity.
    The Holy Father also deplored the gap between rich and poor countries in terms of access to medical treatment, saying it was the duty of each member of the international community to promote equal access to health care.
    "Over the past years, there has been a growing interest in medical research and in the modernisation of health care. We can only look with favour at this trend," the Pope said in a message to the February 11, 2001, World Day for the ill released in advance by the Vatican.
    "But we must at the same time reiterate the necessity that (research) be always guided by the preoccupation of doing a true service to the ill.
    "It is necessary that clinical research be always carried out in the absolute respect of the person and with a clear awareness of its risks and, therefore, limits," the Pope said.
   
Reuters
   
30 Aug 00



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