The Catholic Church in South Korea has decided to donate millions of dollars for adult stem cell research. The move comes amid strong Vatican opposition to embryonic stem cell research and is reflects support for research into an alternative.

It wants to fund research on adult stem cells derived from bone marrow or umbilical cords that would otherwise be discarded after a baby is born. The Seoul Diocese set up a committee to donate W10 billion (US$10 million).

However the church said it will not assist the research of Korea’s Dr. Hwang Woo-suk who grabbed the world’s attention last year by announcing the successful cloning of a human embryo.

At least the catholic church is finally seeing some light.