Father Tomasz Trafny and other Vatican officials were a few years ago contemplating what technologies would shape society in the future, and how the Vatican could contribute. What did they come up with? Adult stem cell application.
“They have not only strong potentiality,” says Trafny, “but also they can change our vision of human being[s], and we want to be part of the discussion.”
The Vatican decided to collaborate with a private company to do education and eventually research. The Catholic Church is investing $1 million to create a joint foundation, and during the second week of November 2011, scientists from around the world will meet at the Vatican to discuss the future of stem cell application.
Trafny is chairman of the science and faith department at the Pontifical Council for Culture, and he says the council believes there is a superior alternative to embryonic stem cell research.
“We don’t see reason why we have to sacrifice human lives, while we have technologies that do the same without harming anyone and without raising any moral difficulties,” he says.
“What people don’t realize is for 30 years, we’ve been using adult stem cells,” says Robin Smith, the chief executive officer of the stem cell company involved, Neostem. “That’s called a bone marrow transplant. Diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, anemia — this is all part of the standard of care.”
“Of course adult stem cell research is really important and very promising for the future of medicine,” Sean Morrison, a leading stem cell researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, says.
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