May 22nd, 2010
08:40 PM ET

Vatican on synthetic cell creation: 'interesting'

Rome, Italy (CNN) - The Vatican had praise Saturday for this week's announcement that scientists had created the world's first synthetic cell, calling it an "interesting result" that could help cure disease.

In an article Saturday, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano called it "important research" and "the work of high-quality genetic engineering." But it said the scientists who created the cell - led by Craig Venter, pictured - had not created life, just "replaced one of its motors."

The response may appear to mark a turn for the Vatican, but in fact the church does not officially oppose genetic engineering as long as the science avoids embryonic stem cells, cloning or anything else that fiddles too much with the re-creation of human life.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bioethics • Catholic Church

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  1. Wachirawit Jantaruthai

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    January 18, 2012 at 3:23 am |
  2. blackjack46

    Is this blog some sort of sick joke? or does everyone here have Tourett's?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  3. www.ghostofgod.com

    Wait, I don't get it, did the Vatican just say "OK" to creating cells? Which would mean they're "Okay" with creating life (cell being the basic unit of life), BUT not "Okay" with creating human life? Stem cell research was aimed at helping people too, so what's the issue?

    May 25, 2010 at 5:54 am |
  4. Beechbum

    That was fast, the last time the Vatican encountered an independent scientific discovery that ran contrary to their dogma it took 500 years to except the findings. Just this past weekend the Pope vindicated Copernicus and his description of the universe. Will wonders never cease?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  5. HamletOgaard

    I doubt anybody at the Vatican understands the fundamentals of biology. Most of them probably believe the Earth is only a few thousand years old and fossils were put there by their god to test their faith in him.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  6. Tom

    Always lots of intolerant haters on here. Can't stick to the subject and then attack an organization based on the criminal behavior of a group of individuals. Such smart postings here!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  7. HarryScrodum


    May 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  8. Robert

    I totally respect the Vatican's response on this new discovery. Rather than going against it and saying how it can "possibly" be used to do harm, the Vatican has accepted this new technology as being able to cure disease and help humanity – while reaffirming their cautiousness to the new discovery. God is the greatest, giving us everything we need to discover, learn, and invent on this beautiful planet we call Earth.

    May 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • Petel2

      Still don't care. Vatican has zero concept of humanity, re: sssodomy of children and the worst is cover ups orchestrated by the pope, they are the last group of clowns to listen to.

      May 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  9. Jenkroy Leekins

    Honestly, WHO CARES what the Vatican has to say. There are more articles on the internet about what the Vatican thinks of this than the actual subject itself, the fact that humans have created life. You'd think that would be a little more notable than what the damned Vatican thinks. They also think condoms spread AIDS and that pedophillia "Isn't that big of a deal". They know as much about biology as they do about STI's and pedophillia. EVERYONE finds it interesting.

    It seems any time the Vatican acknowledges anything it's some big deal. The entire organization is a joke, they're as notable as a fat kid in Virginia finding snythetic cells interesting.

    May 23, 2010 at 11:43 am |
    • pete2

      I agree

      May 23, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • pete2

      Then again, if your are asking "honestly", the pope and the vatican are not the place to look for it.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • Robert

      I care

      May 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • SgStuck

      While I agree that the Vatican should be generally ignored on any issue outside the scope of religion, the fact is that they aren't- they're the most influential organization on the planet and over a billion people mindlessly follow what they say about these issues. The Pope doesn't have a clue about the majority of the large issues out there, but what he says carries more weight than any scientist or expert that does, so we're pretty much forced to care what they think.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  10. pete2

    Who cares about what this pope has to say. good people sure don't.

    Let's keep exposing his denial to children who needed help. Had he been a real caring human, then children would have received the help they needed immediately. Instead, reputation was more important to this cruel man. As a result; victims committed suicide and others mentally ill today.

    Forget what this puke has to say. If there is a hell, let him enjoy his followers there.

    May 23, 2010 at 10:59 am |
    • Robert

      First off, you don't seem like a good person – bashing the Pope and Vatican is not something a "good person" would do.

      Secondly, I care.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • Petel2

      Glad you don't care. After all, the rest of us do care for children. The vatican is the enemy to children and friends with deceit. You may not yet understand their lies and deceit, then again you may be one of them. We often find clergy here and those who are still brainwashed by the cult.

      May 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  11. Gina

    all they are showing is that there was someone similarly sophisticated (i.e. God) who did the same eons ago.

    Indeed?! Then who created the creator?

    May 23, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • Andre Cavalcante (Brasil)

      Your question is why God must be exist. We need conceive something (God, The Force etc.), uncreated to explain the creation. This is just philosophy, not science, or even religion.

      May 23, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  12. My Religion is One on One With My God

    I have not been to church since 1975 and I highly doubt I will do so any time soon. As far as I'm concerned, both the church and politics are both one in the same. They promise everything ad deliver on nothing One preaches from a pulpit the other from a podium. They need to learn to practice what they preach.

    May 23, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • bill haper

      You obviously don't know how many millions of starving people the Vatican feeds each every year. Can you please tell me what in the bible you don't agree with? The bible is what the Catholic Church tries teaching to people – whereas I totally understand people aren't perfect (like many Catholics), but the words of God are.

      So you believe what CNN has to say but not the bible?

      May 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • Petel2

      If you are referring to catholic charities, we pay the lions share through grants (tax money). That in itself is wrong since every time the "bragging" banner of catholic charities is present, it's our tax dollars.
      Now solving world hunger is a different issue. The vaticans prized material possessions could solve world hunger. They won't, money is too important to this organization, as the pope travels in the riches of his billion dollar yacht waving to third world countries. I wonder if jc would have done the same?

      May 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • Petel2 is a bigot

      Petel2, you are full of horse manure. Who would buy the art at the vatican? Would the buyers let the world in for free to see it? The real cause of poverty in the 3rd world is lack of stable government. All the money in the world would be siphoned off by the same corrupt governments who keep their people poor in the first place.

      But that's a reality check, and that doesn't give with your bigotry.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  13. semper ubi

    This may become terminator 4 in the future but instead of machine ... they are called synthetoids 🙂

    May 23, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  14. Johnson John

    Vatican has not known the depth of this synthetic living cell. It can turn out to be one of the worst nightmares of the Vatican if the theory of producing such cells falls into the wrong hands. It will happen too! What fun is it if everything was in the right hands!


    May 23, 2010 at 3:29 am |
    • BassOMatic

      Falls into the wrong hands? Oh, my, who? Dr. Evil? Darth Vader?

      May 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  15. Abdul

    i am just wondering, how come scientists (and atheists) did not create this life by just f a r t i n g hot air from their a r s e s. you know, the way they claim the whole universe came into existence. out of nothing! why do they have to use all these microscopes and laboratories to do it. cause by using all this equipment, all they are showing is that there was someone similarly sophisticated (i.e. God) who did the same eons ago.

    May 23, 2010 at 3:18 am |
    • pete2

      f a r t i n g does create life, where else do you think the pope came from.

      May 23, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • Joe

      Abdul- It's rare to find someone as moronic as you are, even on the internet

      May 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • John

      Abdul, what exactly are you talking about... because I'm sorry to say this but you made very little sense.

      I think what you're trying to say is that God created the world, not a big bang. If that's what you're trying to say, then I totally agree with you!

      May 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • BassOMatic

      I hope this is hyperbole, because otherwise you are really the biggest idiot I have ever encountered, and boy have I encountered some big ones.

      May 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • Waqar

      lol...true Mr Abdul. They replaced dna of the cell ..doesnt mean they created life...just remember that 'scientists' a few hundred years ago thought the earth was flat...when in the Quran it mensions the exact shape..then they quickly changed their view...STUPID SCIENTISTS!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:44 am |
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