The very prestigious British scientific magazine Nature harshly attacked the Italian decision to allow, albeit on a limited scale, stem-cell therapies on patients hospitalized in public structures.
Such therapies have not yet completed their trials and authorization proceedings, but the families of handicapped people and terminal patients have long clamored for their use, sometimes even in Courts.
In the end, the Government adopted an Emergency Decree (the so-called ‘Balduzzi Decree’, named after the Italian Minister of Health) authorizing such therapies on a limited scale.
The Decree is now being debated in Parliament to be converted into Law, but will probably get the final green light.
According to Nature, ‘what is happening in Rome’ is ‘shocking’, and is tantamount to ‘exploiting the desperation of handicapped people and terminal patients… using them as test animals’, beside being a violation of EU law.
Nature also attacked the Holy See for hosting a conference on stem-cell therapies which is labeled as ‘shameless’.