France: Human Stem Cells Used as Spare Parts

Source: FSSPX News

With a revision of the law on bioethics scheduled for 2018, a team of French biologists has just tested a therapy using embryonic human stem cells to treat an eye disease.

 

Retinitis pigmentosa affects nearly 30,000 patients in France. Macular degeneration due to age affects over 1.5 million.

The December 20, 2017 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine reveals the results of an experiment conducted on rats. After placing on the surface of their retina a “patch” made of modified embryonic human stem cells, researchers observed that the rats with transplants performed better and for a longer period of time on the visual acuity test that animals of other groups.

In the light of these results, an authorization request for a clinical trial on human patients will be filed in March of 2018.

Based on natural law and God’s sovereignty over all creatures, the Catholic Church forbids the manipulation – and destruction – of human embryos, even for therapeutic purposes: one cannot do wrong for a good cause.