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Statement Regarding Stem Cell Research

SALT LAKE CITY (Church News Release) -- August 10, 2001 -- Because of increasing interest from members of the news media regarding the Church's position on "Stem Cell Research," the following statement is provided:

While the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have not taken a position at this time on the newly emerging field of stem cell research, it merits cautious scrutiny. The proclaimed potential to provide cures or treatments for many serious diseases needs careful and continuing study by conscientious, qualified investigators. As with any emerging new technology, there are concerns that must be addressed. Scientific and religious viewpoints both demand that strict moral and ethical guidelines be followed.