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Science and the Catholic Church Critical Decisions: Genetic Testing and its ImplicationsNational Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic ConferenceThis statement is the second in a series designed to show how religion and science can offer complementary insights on complex topics like the emerging biotechnologies. It is offered to people of science and of faith, indeed, to all those concerned with the moral implications of humanity’s new knowledge and powerMarch 1996 What is an Embryo?Some proponents of destructive embryo research try to deny moral status to all early human embryos. They have coined the term pre-embryo to describe human embryos in the first two weeks of development, seeking to justify destructive experimentation during this early stage. However, the term and concept of pre-embryo has never been accepted by Congress, the National Institutes of Health's Human Embryo Research Panel, or the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and is rejected by contemporary textbooks on embryologyFebruary 26, 1998 Does Human Cloning Produce An Embryo?euphemisms and misleading or inaccurate terms (totipotent cell, clump of embryonic cells, unfertilized oocyte, etc.) have entered the political discussion. They are employed to conceal the fact that researchers want to be allowed to use cloning to produce and destroy human embryos. Biotechnology groups claim to oppose the cloning of human beings or ;persons-but they reserve the right to conduct cloning experiments on human embryos and fetuses, so long as none is allowed to survive to live birth. Fortunately, one can cut through the political evasions by looking at the professional literature-including writings by those who support cloning of embryos for research purposesMarch 31, 1998 Would A Ban on Human Cloning Block Stem Cell Research?The claim that human embryo cloning is needed to advance promising medical research in cancer, degenerative diseases, etc. is simply falseApril 20, 1998 Human Cloning Debate Raises Pro-Life IssuesThe use of cloning to produce Dolly the sheep has prompted a public debate about cloning humans. This issue has quickly become linked with the issues of abortion and embryo researchFebruary 9, 1998 Scientific Experts Agree: Embryonic Stem Cells Are Unnecessary for Medical ProgressNational Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic ConferenceQuotes from researchers regarding the use of embryonic stem cellsApril 27, 2000 Address to the International Congress on Organ TransplantsPope John Paul IIDecember 2, 1999 Message to the Pontifical Academy of Science on EvolutionJohn Paul IIOctober 22, 1996 Humani GenerisPope Pius XIIEncyclical concerning some false opinions threatening to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrineAugust 12, 1950 Evolution: A Catholic PerspectiveJames B. Stensona specialist in the history of evolution theory, explains the Catholic position on evolution and explains the modern state of evolution theory, which has abandoned many previously held hypothesesMarch, 1984 Molecular Biology and Evolution: The Crisis and the ChallengeThomas B. Fowler, SC.D.article was taken from the Summer 1993 issue of Faith & Reason Media Twists Papal Statement on EvolutionMichael S. RoseIn response to a CWN news story about Pope John Paul's statement regarding the theory of evolution-a statement which also provoked heavy coverage in the secular media-several readers have asked for more details. Following this analysis by Michael Rose, extensive excerpts from the Holy Father's remarks on the subject are reproduced The Promise and Peril of Genetic ScreeningNational Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic ConferenceThis statement is the third in a series designed to show how science and religion can offer complementary insights on complex topics like the emerging biotechnologies. It is offered to people of science and of faith, indeed, to all those concerned with the moral implications of humanity’s new knowledge and powerMarch 1996 Talking Points: Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Human Pluripotent Stem CellsNational Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic ConferenceThe National Institutes of Health has issued draft guidelines under which, for the first time in history, our federal government will officially approve and regulate the destruction of innocent human life for research purposes. The guidelines instruct researchers in how to harvest versatile stem cells from living week-old human embryos, a procedure which kills the embryos. They also establish standards for harvesting similar cells from dead unborn children following induced abortions-a practice that has its own increasingly visible moral problemsDecember 2, 1999

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