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Yes to adult stem cells, no embryonic: Pope

Last Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 19:52

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has reaffirmed his opposition to embryonic stem cell research, saying it`s morally wrong to destroy an embryo no matter how beneficial the resulting treatment is.

Benedict made the comments on Saturday to participants of a Vatican conference on adult stem cells convened under an unusual new partnership between the Vatican`s culture office and a small US biotech firm, NeoStem Inc.

Church teaching holds that life begins at conception. As a result, the Vatican opposes embryonic stem cell research because embryos are destroyed in the process. It supports research using adult stem cells.
Benedict said: "The destruction of even one human life can never be justified in terms of the benefit that it might conceivably bring to another."

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 19:52
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