Science once again confirms what faithful Catholics already know

Adam and Eve in the Garden by Michelangelo

Almost every man alive can trace his origins to one man who lived about 135,000 years ago, new research suggests. And that ancient man likely shared the planet with the mother of all women.

The findings, detailed today (Aug. 1) in the journal Science, come from the most complete analysis of the male sex chromosome, or the Y chromosome, to date. The results overturn earlier research, which suggested that men’s most recent common ancestor lived just 50,000 to 60,000 years ago.

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Editor’s note: The dating is still largely up for grabs – as are many of their other conclusions. Mitochondrial DNA long ago proved that one woman is the mother of all the living. Now they claim to have chromosomal evidence for the man – Adam.

Scientists create the world’s first synthetic life form

The controversial feat, which has occupied 20 scientists for more than 10 years at an estimated cost of $40m, was described by one researcher as “a defining moment in biology“.

Craig Venter, the pioneering US geneticist behind the experiment, said the achievement heralds the dawn of a new era in which new life is made to benefit humanity, starting with bacteria that churn out biofuels, soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and even manufacture vaccines.

However critics, including some religious groups, condemned the work, with one organisation warning that artificial organisms could escape into the wild and cause environmental havoc or be turned into biological weapons. Others said Venter was playing God.

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Stem Cell Treatments and Catholic Teaching

As stem cell treatments have begun to generate some positive results, the Catholic Church has come out in opposition to the use of human embryonic stem cells, sometimes referred to as fetal stem cells, for research. In 2008, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement opposed to embryonic stem cell banking while in support of other treatments derived from cord blood stem cell research and similar scientific efforts.

The USCCB statement on the subject of stem cells is grounded in two core beliefs:

  • Good cannot come from evil.
  • Human life begins at conception.

On the first belief, the USCCB asserts, “No commitment to a hoped-for ‘greater-good’ can erase or diminish the wrong of taking innocent human lives here and now.” The bishops go on to warn that the argument for a greater good could also be used to justify experimenting on those suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or other debilitating diseases in the hope of finding future effective treatments. Instead of condoning the destruction of embryos, the USCCB calls for a compassionate and committed response to these illnesses that promotes respect of all life.

To the second point, the USCCB notes that it is a biological fact that embryos are a separate beings from the moment of conception. Not only do they contain all genes necessary for human life, they are endowed with a DNA distinct from either parent. Although some may argue that a human life at this early stage of development is too small and weak to warrant protection, Catholic bishops respond that denying the dignity of humankind’s smallest members diminishes us all.

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The Link Between Autism and Use of Cells From Abortions in Vaccines

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency shows a correlation between the use of cells from babies in abortions in vaccines to an increase in autism rates. The study provides another problem from pro-life advocates who are already concerned about the abortion-vaccine tie.

The study, published in February in the publication Environmental Science & Technology, confirms 1988 as a “change point” in the rise of Autism Disorder rate.

“Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists,” the study says.

The 1988 date is significant because, as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek notes, the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute indicates that’s when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices added a second dose of the MMR vaccine, containing fetal cells from aborted babies, to its recommendations.

The study found two other change point dates: 1981, two years after MMRII was approved in the United States with fetal cells, and 1995, when SCPI says the chickenpox vaccine using aborted cells was approved.

Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, said today that his group is joining SCPI in calling for a Fair Labeling and Informed Consent Act to let people know of this link and the use of cells from babies victimized by abortion.

“For years the evidence has pointed toward the link between vaccines using DNA from aborted babies and the rise of Autism Disorder rates,” he said. “Parents need and deserve to know the risks associated with vaccinations made from lines derived from the bodies of aborted children.”

“While the pharmaceutical industry ignores the evidence and continues to put our children at risk,” Sound Choice is conducting studies on the impact of residual human fetal DNA in vaccines on the brain development and autism in children, Sedlak continued.

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