This past week’s international stem cell conference held at the Vatican offered a lot of hope for adult stem cell therapies.

The conference took place over two days. Among the speakers: Peter Coffey of University College of London, whose research includes stem cell therapies for treating macular degeneration; Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, current Head of the Pontifical Council for Life; Arthur Caplan, Professor of Bioethics at University of Pennsylvania, and Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, U.S. based firm which helps people bank their own stem cells for possible future use.

Judging from the Catholic Press in the U.S., the Vatican seems to be more interested in showing the world it is not “against” science than the actual merits of the different types of stem cell research itself.

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