Vatican daily slams embryonic stem cell research

The Vatican's newspaper on Saturday reiterated Catholic teaching that embryonic stem cell research is immoral as US President Barack Obama prepared to lift a federal funding limit on such work. L'Osservatore Romano wrote that such research in the eyes of the Catholic church is "deeply immoral" and lamented that US taxpayers' money would help fund embryonic stem cell research. Catholic teaching holds that life begins at conception and opposes research involving destruction of human embryos. The Vatican's newspaper quoted from a condemnation issued last year by US bishops who expressed worry that there will be "no stopping point" if humans are treated as mere objects of research.