"Pope Boniface VII (sic) banned the practice of cadaver dissection in the 1200s," Specter said. "This stopped the practice for over 300 years and greatly slowed the accumulation of education regarding human anatomy."
So says Arlen Specter, pushing for embryonic stem cell research. Go back to school, Senator, or get a competent googler on your staff. I did a bit of digging myself, and my trivial research indicated that the Catholic dissection ban is wildly overblown.
Link via Amy Welborn