Stem Cells

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Human embryos.

First reported synthetic human embryo sparks ethical concerns, creates questions

Jun 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Cambridge University researchers developed the world’s first synthetic human embryo models using stem cells but without using an egg or... Read more

‘Utter disregard’ for life: Members of Congress slam new guidance on embryo research

May 28, 2021

Two members of Congress this week criticized new guidance by a leading scientific organization removing prohibitions on research of human... Read more

Culturing cells.

Pro-life stem cell research finds success—and seeks more support

Nov 21, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic medical research institute has claimed some successes in providing alternatives to research that harvest cells from human embryos--but... Read more

A scientist holds a petri dish. File Photo.

What are human-animal chimeras, and why are they problematic?

Nov 26, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After the National Institutes of Health proposed federal funding of projects to possibly create a human-animal hybrid, Catholic ethicists voiced... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City flag from the roof of a nearby building on June 5, 2015.

The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it

May 11, 2016

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.  Read more

European pro-life effort petitions court to be considered for vote

Aug 4, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A European Union citizens’ initiative to ban human embryo-destroying research has filed a court petition after being denied a legislative... Read more

Embryonic Stem Cells.

Quest for ethical stem cells prompts moral questions

Aug 23, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The first human trials for the treatment of blindness using induced pluripotent stem cells has brought the hope of creating... Read more

A portrait of Shinya Yamanaka.

Nobel-winning stem cell work helps curtail embryonic research

Oct 8, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

Moral theologian Father Thomas Berg is praising the work of Shinya Yamanaka, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in... Read more

An image of cord blood neurons.

Trial to study cord blood stem cells' effects on autism

Aug 23, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Stem cell researchers are launching the first FDA-approved clinical trial to examine whether cord blood stem cells can improve the... Read more