This morning after Mass I was delighted that Dr Nico Forraz introduced himself as a new parishioner. The name did not ring a bell immediately but when he said that he worked at the Newcastle Centre for Life on stem cell research and had been invited to see the Pope in the summer. I remembered reading about that encounter earlier this year. Nico works on stem cell research which avoids using embyros. I look forward to talking to him at greater length and hope he can give a talk to the parish some time about his work and the issues involved.