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Vatican to finance adult stem cell research

Posted Apr 26 2010 10:31am
Cardinal Renato Martino gestures during a meeting at Rome's National Institute of Health, Friday, April 23, 2010. The Vatican is pushing for research of adult stem cells as an alternative to the use of embryonic stem cells, which the Catholic Church opposes because it maintains that the destruction of the embryo amounts to the killing of human life. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) By ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 4:43 pm | buy this photo The Vatican is pushing for research of adult stem cells as an alternative to the use of embryonic stem cells, which the Catholic Church opposes because it maintains that the destruction of the embryo amounts to the killing of human life. On Friday, the Catholic Church threw its support and resources behind the study of intestinal adult stem cells by a group of experts led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The group wants to explore the potential use of those cells in the treatment of intestinal and possibly other diseases, and is seeking an initial euro2 million ($2.7 million) to get the project going, officials said.
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