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In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm
Vatican Conference Hopes to Promote Truth on Adult Stem Cell Therapy

Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 09:32 AM PDT
During today’s first session of the Second International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference, scientists, doctors and patients had an opportunity to share not only the advances in adult stem cell research, but also the potential it has to transform modern day health ca…

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A Necessary Union Between Science and Faith

Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 07:01 AM PDT
A three day conference on adult stem cell research began today at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City. The conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, as well as NeoStem, one of the leading developers in the field of cellular therapy.

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STEM CELLS IN 2000 – The pope, Bill Clinton and stem cells (a look back)


STEM CELLS IN 2000 – The pope, Bill Clinton and stem cells (a look back)



September 02, 2000 -By Gordon Prather

© 2009 WorldNetDaily.com

Well, you probably don’t expect Pope John Paul II and Bible-toting Bill to agree on abortion. So you were probably not surprised that, after Clinton announced the Final Federal Guidelines on Pluripotent Stem Cell research

last week, the pope immediately addressed in English an international congress being held in Rome of the Transplantation Society.

The Pope said, “Attempts at human cloning with a view to obtaining organs for transplants … insofar as they involve the manipulation and destruction of human embryos, are not morally acceptable.”

Now some newsies reported that the pope had come out against “cloning” humans, which he hadn’t. And from some news accounts you may have supposed that Bill Clinton had completely reversed his position of only three years ago, prohibiting the cloning of humans, which he hadn’t.


Obama, pope meet at Vatican- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

Obama, pope meet at Vatican – Published: Saturday, July 11, 2009


…The president, who isn’t a member of any church, has had a sometimes-controversial relationship with some prominent Catholics, thanks in large part to his support for abortion rights and medical research using embryonic stem cells, both of which the church opposes.

His recent graduation speech at Notre Dame University drew protests. However, Obama won a majority of the Catholic vote, has had cordial relations with many church leaders and lauds the church’s teachings on social justice and help for the poor.

While opposing the president’s stand on abortion rights and stem cell research, the pope and the Vatican have been open to him.

The pope called Obama shortly after he was elected. The daily Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ran a front-page editorial marking the president’s first 100 days in office with positive words and a statement that he hadn’t turned out as “radical” as feared on ethical questions.

via Obama, pope meet at Vatican- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut.

Catholic Church announces adult stem cell venture with Neostem :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on May 26, 2010 at 3:16 am

.- The Vatican issued a communique on Tuesday announcing a joint initiative with an international bio-pharmaceutical company to raise awareness and expand research of adult stem cell therapy.

Neostem Inc. and the Pontifical Council for Culture will combine the efforts of their respective foundations, the Stem for Life Foundation and STOQ (Science Theology and the Ontological Quest) Foundation, to advance research and explore the use of adult stem cells in regenerative medicine.

Fr. Tomasz Trafny from the Council for Culture remarked in a May 19 press release, “Considering the potential implication of scientific investigation, medical applicability and the cultural impact of research on adult stem cells, we view the collaboration with NeoStem as a critical effort.”

“Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs involving cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we come one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering,” he said.

The pontifical council is particularly excited about the company’s VSEL technology, which utilizes adult stem cells that behave like embryonic stem cells in their ability to regenerate and repair. Fr. Trafny said the technology could receive a significant financial investment from the Church.

“For over 40 years, physicians have been using adult stem cells to treat various blood cancers, but only recently has the promise of using adult stem cells to treat a significant number of other diseases begun to be realized. There are tremendous clinical and economic advantages to autologous stem cell transplantation (receiving your own stem cells) as there are no issues with immune rejection. Engraftment with your own stem cells is faster, safer and much less costly than receiving someone else’s stem cells (allogeneic),” said Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem.

The initiative will also explore the cultural relevance and theological impact of adult stem cell therapy.

“As part of the collaboration, NeoStem and the pontifical council will make efforts to develop educational programs, publications and academic courses with an interdisciplinary approach for theological and philosophical faculties, including those of bioethics, around the world,” said Tuesday’s Vatican communique.

“One of the initiatives,”  the statement added, “will be a three-day international conference at the Vatican on adult stem cell research, including VSEL technology (which uses very small embryonic-like stem cells), that will focus on medical research presentations and theological and philosophical considerations and implications of scientific achievements.”

via Catholic Church announces adult stem cell venture with Neostem :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Angels + Demons + Stem Cells + Tom Hanks

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 15, 2009 at 1:59 pm

What can Angels and Demons tell us about stem cells and religion?  Not much.  Here are a few snippets of analysis from different sources. – dg


Angels & Demons

…Ron Howard has grown into a more confident director of florid action sequences.Gift-wrapped in production design lifted from The Godfather and a score by Hans Zimmer that sounds like the rumbling tummies of a thousand underfed monks, Angels is studded with capably brutal set pieces building to an impressive, if ineffably silly, bit of business involving a helicopter, a parachute and a huge crowd fighting over stem cell research in Saint Peter’s Square.

via Houston Movies – Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks – page 1.



The film refers to making anti-matter as a new form of energy to power cities. Is this possible?

Professor Wark: “No…we have looked for billions of light years and all we can see in the Universe is normal matter.”

But don’t let the science spoil your fun. It’s not often you watch a thriller and get lines like: “If science is allowed to claim the power of creation what is left for God?”

Or a crowd scene with people yelling: “Stem cells are murder.”




Even the current “faith vs. science” debate over embryonic stem cells is briefly depicted in Angels & Demons in a balanced way.

As if to counteract his cinematic love affair with Catholic Rome, Howard takes a couple visual pot shots. One of the first scenes has the cardinals entering into conclave crushing out cigarettes and flipping off cell phones (something one would never see). Given that modern sensibilities generally equate smoking with the bad guys, this is a gratuitous dig.

Howard improbably has Catholics protesting stem cell research in Saint Peter’s Square, where a riot breaks out over church and science–during the papal conclave, no less. This bizarre vignette mercifully fades quickly from memory as the movie moves to a fast-paced car chase through Rome, capturing the real energy of the Eternal City.
I get a kick out of grammatical errors (when my overworked and sleep deprived brain catch them)…errors like dangling modifiers, “eats, shoots and leaves” errors and errors of omission that completely change meaning.  In the case of stem cells in the media, the word “EMBRYONIC” is almost always omitted before “stem cell” in statements like: “STEM CELL RESEARCH IS MURDER!”  Only one out of 4 of the above reviews included the term “EMBRYONIC.”  So what, you ask?

There are 3 main branches of stem cell research…2 of which almost never get positive mention in the US media despite their history of success.
1.  ASC = adult stem cell
•used in bone marrow transplants for 40 years
•can currently treat 130+ diseases
•~zero problems (virtually zero side effects)
•comes from blood, umbilical cords, marrow, fat, nose, breast milk, menstruation, etc etc etc

2.  iPSC = induced pluripotent stem cell

•fairly new
•lotsa potential (needs more research)
•may be the best of both worlds
•comes from regular skin cells that are then magically transformed by scientists into stem cells

3.  ESC = embryonic stem cell
•can currently treat zero diseases
•lotsa problems (tumors, rejection, controversy, etc)
•comes from embryos

“STEM CELL RESEARCH IS MURDER” only refers to embryonic stem cell research.  The only stem cell research that has no approved, successful clinical trials, virtually no success, produces tumors and has rejection issues.- dg

Adult stem cell discovery

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on August 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm

…better late than never! – dg

Published: 30 August 2009

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Italian researchers have developed a method to repair a damaged heart using adult stem cells, and said it confirmed that the adult cells were more therapeutically useful than embryonic stem cells.

“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,” Settimio Grimaldi, who is an expert at the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine in Rome, which carried out the research, said.

via Adult stem cell discovery – The Catholic Leader: World News.

AFP: Pope admonishes Pelosi on duty to protect unborn

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Pope admonishes Pelosi on duty to protect unborn

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday admonished visiting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who advocates abortion rights, that “all Catholics” should uphold the Church’s teachings on life.

Benedict “took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death,” the Vatican said in a statement.

These “enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists as well as those responsible for the common good of society to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development,” the statement said.

Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to see the pope since President Barack Obama took office last month, describes herself as an “ardent” Catholic while advocating reproductive rights.

via AFP: Pope admonishes Pelosi on duty to protect unborn.

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Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business | Athens Banner-Herald

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Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business

Athens Banner-Herald | Story updated at 3:34 pm on 2/21/2009

My last column addressed the “old” seven deadly sins. That list included pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth.

To be sure, each of these in various forms can have adverse consequences as they are manifested in the workplace.

Today’s subject is the set of “new” deadly sins as articulated by the Vatican last year. Reverberating from the seven cardinal vices, set forth by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century, the new list combines a social dimension, according to Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican spokesman.

…The new seven mortal sins include: genetic modification, human experimentation, polluting the environment, social injustice, causing poverty, financial gluttony and drug abuse. Each of these has a business ethics dimension and relevance today…

► The category of human experimentation apparently is directed toward some morally dubious (embryonic) stem-cell research.

According to a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, the debate over (embryonic) stem-cell research centers on the basic question regarding the moral status of a human embryo.

The public has been divided on (embryonic) stem-cell research. A recent survey found that 61 percent of the adults polled supported it and 31 percent opposed it.

One big issue in this arena seems to be how the embryos were obtained…

via Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business | Athens Banner-Herald.

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