Benedict XVI Encourages Adult Stem Cell Research

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2007 ( Benedict XVI encouraged a group of scientists to search for heart treatments using adult stem cells.

The Pope said this today to a group of experts who attended the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The scientists, many of whom are doctors, are gathered in an international conference dedicated to adult stem cell research, organized by the University of Rome La Sapienza.

The Holy Father approved their objective of developing therapies with adult stem cells, since in this case "the dignity of the human person is respected," given that human embryos are neither eliminated nor made the subjects of experimentation.

"In this sense, the position of the Church, supported by reason and science, is clear: Scientific investigation should be justly encouraged and promoted, on the condition that it is not in detriment to other human beings."