|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Science, Nature & Technology

Pope Urges End to Huntington’s Stigma, Warns against Embryo Use in Science

VATICAN CITY – During a meeting with patients suffering from a genetic brain disorder on Thursday, the Pope called for an end to the stigma around the disease but warned that no scientific investigation, no matter how noble its aim, justified the destruction of human embryos.

Pope Francis met with patient groups and families affected by Huntington’s disease as well as associations working to spread awareness about the inherited neurodegenerative illness.

“Some lines of investigation, in fact, use human embryos, inevitably leading to their destruction. But we know that no goal, even if it is noble – such as the possibility of scientific use, for other human beings or for society – can justify the destruction of human embryos,” the pontiff said.

Huntington’s affects some 2.7 of every 100,000 people and scientists have yet to find a cure.

The group who met with Francis at the Vatican campaign predominantly to raise awareness about the disease in South America, which has the highest rate of Huntington’s in the world.

The Pope praised the tireless work of geneticists and scientists who have for decades dedicated themselves to finding a cure for Huntington’s and improved the lives of suffers in the meantime with medical advances.

He warned researchers against succumbing to a culture of disposal, adding that it had already infiltrated certain sectors of science.

Francis called for an end to the stigmas surrounding Huntington’s disease, which in the past, he said, had led those affected by the illness to feel “shameful, isolated and abandoned.”

Huntington’s, also known as Huntington’s chorea, is a neurological disease that causes brain cells to die, leading to dementia and motor dysfunction.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved