A number of years ago the world was buzzing with the potential of using stem cells to cure everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s. But what are stem cells and why did they create such flurry of expectation? There are two types of stem cells:
Embryonic stem cells – taken from human embryos, by harvesting the stem cell. It requires the destruction of an embryo.
Adult stem cells – can be harvested from placentas, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, body fat, and skin tissue.
Despite earlier hopes, embryonic stem cells have provided zero successful treatments. However, adult stem cells, which are ethically procured and do not require the destruction of life, have provided 65 successful treatments to date.
Successful scientific experimentation does not remain in a laboratory. It will eventually find its way into hospitals, doctors’ offices, and the lives of people in the pews of the Church! Can you imagine a priest one day being asked to baptize a cloned baby? While the Church may not always be able to address every single new scientific breakthrough, the Church will be raising a new generation of doctors and scientists. It will be the generations in years to come that will be responsible for determining the ethics for scientific research—and whether or not the scientific community will chose to follow God’s way or man’s.
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