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US cardinal talks up benefits of adult stem cell research


Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick described the current debate over embryonic stem-cell research as a "phony issue" when compared to the benefits already proved with studies conducted with adult stem cells

In his column in his archdiocesan newspaper, the cardinal stressed that the church is "not opposed to adult stem-cell research".

"As a matter of fact, that kind of research has already helped hundreds of thousands of people over many years," he said, adding that research on adult stem cells "should be encouraged and supported by public and private funds alike because it has proven to be useful and beneficial to human beings and does not destroy the lives of anyone."

Embryonic stem-cell research, on the other hand, "does not have that kind of track record," he wrote, adding that it "really has no track record in human patients at all."

The cardinal described embryonic stem-cell research as the "darling of some research groups and the multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry," and he stressed that readers should "not take their exaggerated claims for granted. Ask the right questions and learn the difference between fact and fiction."

SOURCE
Embryonic stem-cell research debate is 'phony issue,' says cardinal (Catholic News Service 15/10/04)

LINKS
Catholic Standard | Cardinal Theodore McCarrick: Respect Life Month
Archdiocese of Washington
Stem-cell debate raises "limited research dollars" question (CathNews 8/10/04)
Ethicist stresses moral inviolability of embryonic stem cells (CathNews 5/10/04)
Sydney Archdiocese announces Church funding for adult stem cell research (CathNews 26/3/03)
Adult marrow breakthrough at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital (CathNews 30/1/03)
Catholic Health calls for delay in embryo research bill (CathNews 24/6/02)


19 Oct 2004