Some of you may have heard me on the SonRise Morning Show earlier today talking about the new science and faith foundation just established at the Vatican, and its mission to lead up ventures like the Vatican’s partnership with the adult stem cell research company NeoStem. Coincidentally, I’ve just found this informative post at Forbes from NeoStem director Steven Myers:
When you begin to understand the promise of stem cell treatments when it comes to treating these diseases, along with maladies such as cancer in all its terrible varieties and autoimmune illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, and further recognize the trillions of dollars that can be saved in our health care system by pursuing stem cell research and development, this public misunderstanding becomes all the more tragic.
But this may all be about to change.
That change is coming, in no small measure, as a direct result of a remarkable event that occurred at the Vatican in early November of this year where a conference, co- hosted by the Catholic Church and NeoStem (a publically held company on whose board of directors I am proud to serve) was convened and included prominent scientists, ethicists, business and religious leaders from around the world who gathered for the first ever international conference on “adult” stem cell research.
It was clear from the outset that this event would mark a turning point in the ethical considerations of stem cell development when Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture opened the conference with a declaration that the Catholic Church enthusiastically supports scientific research on adult stem cells along with the exploration of the cultural, ethical, and human implications of their use.