"Research demonstrates that embryonic stem cells are not an effective resource for treatment and create false hope for a cure, according to a professor from the University of Milan, in Italy.
'This situation helps to nourish the uncritical mentality that demonizes any attempt at regulation as anti-scientific and against progress. Moreover, 'stem' has become a sort of magic word that gives added value to everything from cosmetics to the most absurd therapeutic ideas,' said professor Augusto Pessina of the University of Milan.
The professor's remarks were published in a June 14 article in the Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano.
In May of this year, the German government ordered the closure of the XClinic, which provided treatment for cerebral palsy, Parkinson's and spinal cord conditions, after an 18-month-old baby died in October of 2010 from an injection of embryonic stem cells into the brain.
A few months earlier, a 10-year-old child was left severely disabled after undergoing a similar procedure.
Pessina pointed to these cases in his article titled, 'Hope is not nourished by lies.'"