Catholic bioethics centre welcomes Nobel award9 October 2012
The Catholic-run Anscombe Bioethics Centre has praised the work of two scientists awarded a Nobel prize for pioneering stem-cell research that does not use human embryos as "an achievement of great ethical significance".
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Sir John Gurdon of Cambridge University and Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University and the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco.
Professor Gurdon used a gut sample to clone frogs and Professor Yamanaka altered genes to reprogramme cells.
Anscombe director Professor David Albert Jones said yesterday that the scientists' breakthrough "offers hope of progress in stem-cell research without relying on the unethical destruction of human embryos". He added: "Past attempts to clone human embryos, and the bizarre experiments to create admixed human-nonhuman embryos, have delivered nothing."
"The transformation of adult cells into stem cells is making great progress. This is science at its best: both beautiful and ethical."
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