With the help of the Catholic Church, Australian researchers have successfully grown adult stem cells harvested from the human nose, avoiding the ethical and legal problems associated with embryonic stem cells.
Australia bans creating human embryos to harvest stem cells but scientists may use embryos left over from IVF (in-vitro fertility) treatment. Stems cells harvested through other means, such as from the nose, is legal.
Head researcher Alan Mackay-Sim of Griffith University said the adult stem cells taken from inside the nose could potentially be used to grow nerve, heart, liver, kidney and muscle cells.
Partnership between religion and hard science should be encouraged.
I don't think science will ever research the mystery out of the universe. Trying to understanding the Big Bang, Quantum Foam, or String Theories seems to create more mystery to me. Dark matter, dark energy, all the new phenomenon found by the Hubble or other telescopes every day. Planets being discovered for the first time. Now is a time of great discovery for humanity, scientific and religious.