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Catholic Research Institutions and Federally Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research
By Rev. Greg Coan   
St Peters Parish, 2900 Sandy Spring Road,
Olney, Maryland 20832  

The Human Embryo is much in the news these days, especially in regards to medical research and the hoped for future benefits for mankind. So just what is the human embryo? Is it just a cell and then multiple cells? Or is it more? Can the human embryo be considered a human being? We will look to the scientific community, the philosophical community and the Church to help us find an answer. Then we will look to see what human embryonic stem cells are, and how they are derived. Next, there will be a brief look at the federally funded research guidelines, medical codes of ethics, state and federal laws. Then we will turn to the moral implications for Catholic research institutions that would seek these NIH grants to do research on human embryonic stem cells.   

Rev. Greg Coan, born in 1964, has a S.T.L. in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, in Rome Italy. He grew up in Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Bethesda, Maryland, is a graduate of Gonzaga High School and the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology.

Time/Date: Wednesday evening August 24, 2005 at 7:30 pm.
Place:  James Bates Hall, Ascension Catholic Church,
        12700 Lanham-Severn Road, Bowie, Maryland 20720
        Tel: 301 262 2227
Note:  The talk will be preceded by a recitation of the rosary.  Light refreshments will be provided.
Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers, Fatima Chapter
For more information, call Dr. Francis J. Kelly, 301-464-0486
or email: or write to CAS+E, Box 72, Glenn Dale, MD 20769