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WHAT THE POPE SAYS TO RESEARCHERS OF HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE

No research, no matter how noble may be, “can justify the destruction of human embryos,” has said Pope Francis in the Vatican to a group of people affected by Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease of genetic and hereditary origin, formerly known as “St. Vitu’s dance”or also the disease of Korea.

 


He encouraged scientists attending to carry out their research “always with means that do not contribute to feed that ‘culture of discarding’ that is also sometimes insinuated in the world of scientific research.”

“Some lines of investigation, in fact, use human embryos, inevitably leading to their destruction. But we know that no goal, even if it is noble _ such as the possibility of scientific use, for other human beings or for society _ can justify the destruction of human embryos,” he said people that hope for a cure.

Francis received in the Paul VI classroom patients and associates who deal with this deadly genetic disorder that has no cure and affects 2.7 out of every 100,000 people in the world, and who organized this act especially in solidarity with Latin America, the continent with the highest incidence.

In addressing the geneticists and scientists attending , the Argentine pontiff praised that “without sparing energies have long been dedicated to the study and the search for a therapy for Huntington’s disease.”

“It is obvious that you look at your work with great expectation: the hope of finding a way to the final cure of the disease depends on your efforts, but also to improve the living conditions of these brothers,” he said.

The pope recalled that Huntington’s disease, which in the past was known as “St. Vitus’s dance” because of the spasms it causes, has caused “misunderstandings, barriers, real marginalizations” around the affected people, and “in many cases, the sick and their families have experienced the drama of shame, isolation, abandonment.”

And before it repeated the slogan of the associations that deal with this disease: “Never again hidden.”

Vatican City, May 18, 2017, EFE/Practica Español


Grammar notes: review of ‘alguno’, ‘uno’, and ‘ninguno’, ¿indicative or subjunctive?


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Question 1
La noticia habla...
A
de unas declaraciones del papa sobre una investigación científica.
B
de unas declaraciones del papa al conocerse la cura de una enfermedad.
C
de la opinión del papa Francisco sobre la inversión en investigación.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que el papa Francisco...
A
no opinó sobre la utilización de embriones en las investigaciones científicas.
B
no está de acuerdo con la utilización de embriones en la investigación científica.
C
considera necesaria la utilización de embriones en la investigación.
Question 3
En las declaraciones del papa Francisco se ve que...
A
está defendiendo la vida de los embriones.
B
no cuestiona la utilización de embriones en las investigaciones.
C
apoya a los investigadores incondicionalmente.
Question 4
Según el papa Francisco, no importa si se destruye un embrión durante una investigación.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
Question 5
La enfermedad de Huntington afecta principalmente...
A
al sistema respiratorio.
B
al sistema digestivo.
C
al sistema nervioso.
Question 6
Esta enfermedad...
A
puede ser transmitida de padres a hijos.
B
no se transmite de padres a hijos.
C
se transmite por el contacto físico.
Question 7
Las personas con esta enfermedad tuvieron algunos problemas en sus relaciones sociales.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
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