VATICAN CITY, February 26, 2002 ( – Pope John Paul II reminded scientists yesterday that humanity “must never surrender to the temptation to unregulated medical and scientific progress.” He warned that otherwise it could “become a dangerous form of ‘technological control’ of life.”

The Pope made his remarks yesterday speaking to representatives of the Italian League for the Fight against Tumors. The Pope said that experiments need to be “carried out in full respect of human dignity,” never losing sight of “the final aim of the true good of man.” If conducted in this way, he concluded, “Scientific research will thus become a priceless gift for so many families and for all humanity.”

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