Stem cell therapy welcomed by the Vatican
Friday, 21st August 2009. 1:15pm, By: Jordanna-May Gargas.
Vatican Radio has hailed adult stem cell therapy to defend ethical arguments against embryonic cell research.
Dr Settimio Grimaldi, an expert at the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine in Rome, asked Vatican Radio listeners this week “Why we should complicate things by going and taking embryonic cells, with all the ethical questions that follow?”
The Vatican radio show discussed the latest developments in adult stem cell research which have revealed a method to repair a damaged heart by cultivating cardiac stem cells and re-injecting them to replace damaged tissue. Researchers revealed that the treatment could be available within three years following successful testing.
There are dozens of articles on this blog regarding the use of adult stem cells to treat heart disease going back to 1998 in studies (search keyword “Doris Taylor” ) and commercially available in 2004 and then more recent treatments (search keyword “James Eilert”). The science substantiates the proven safe use of adult stem cells to treat heart disease for over a decade. – dg
Dr. Grimaldi said: “The adult stem cell is already prepared to differentiate in the tissue we want to repair. And it is certainly more productive, less wasteful and less dangerous, beyond the ethical aspects, to work with adult stem cells instead of embryonic stem cells.”…