chapter  9
Recent and Future Developments
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Even though the Vatican has not allowed scholars to take new

physical samples of the Shroud since 1988, several scientists around

the world continue to carry out research on the most important

relic of Christianity, even basing their studies on the official samples

taken in 1978. Some might say that these samples are obsolete,

but since they are preserved in appropriate containers and isolated

from the external environment, in many cases they are still very

useful, especially for research at the microscopic level. Proof of this

comes frommembers of the Shroud Science Group, which organized

another conference on the Shroud in the U.S. in 2014, following the

one held in Dallas in 2005.