TORONTO, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - The news that scientists may be able to use stem
cells which do not involve the destruction of embryos is welcomed by
pro-lifers. Further study must be undertaken to ensure that human embryos are
not created by the technique.
"The amazing possibilities that have been provided by the Creator to heal
ourselves continues to astound scientists in every generation," said Jim
Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC). "The news of a
scientific discovery from Kyoto Japan University professor, Shinya Yamanaka
which was released last July concerning research being done using stem cells
which did not create and destroy embryos was met with optimism but serious
caution." "Now more scientists have come on board calling this new method,
'direct reprogramming' the greatest invention since flying." "However other
scientists do not want to give up the use of embryos and this causes us to
ask, 'why would you use a method which kills human embryos when another
available method does not'," he continued.
Dr. John Shea, medical advisor to Campaign Life Coalition says,
"Yamanaka's work, essentially somatic cell genetic engineering, is a very
complex subject. The issue is whether the pluripotent stem cells created by
the technique will always remain merely stem cells and cannot become embryos."
Campaign Life Coalition supports scientific discoveries which aid the
cure of disease but vehemently rejects any experimentation on human beings at
any age which destroys and kills those humans.
For further information:
For further information: Media contacts: Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC
National Organizer, Kingston, ON, (613) 389-4472; Marie Christine Houle, Media
spokesperson, CLC Toronto office, (416) 204-9749; Aidan Reid, CLC Public
Affairs Office, Ottawa, (613) 729-0379; Dr. John Shea, Medical Advisor, CLC
Toronto, (416) 204-9749