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Vatican support for 'placenta bank'
    The Catholic Church is giving its support to a new research centre which could provide an alternative to the use of human embryos for medical research.
    On Monday, the Sacre Cuore University in Rome opened a 'placenta bank', providing researchers with human cells for their work from what the Church considers an ethical source.
    Scientists have recently highlighted the importance of human 'stem' cells in advancing medical research. The Church has insisted that ethican principles demand that the cells should be taken from adults rather than fertilised human eggs or embryos.
    The new 'placenta bank' in Rome has been welcomed by people like Dr Michael Jarmulowicz of Britain's Catholic Doctors Guild.
   
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3-Jan-01