White House Ends Fetal Tissue Research by Federal Scientists

Trump administration imposes new restrictions on fetal tissue research

This new ruling will also not prevent privately funded research from using tissue samples harvested from abortions. About 200 other such contracts for fetal-tissue research involving more than $100 million in NIH grants to universities will continue for now, but they will be evaluated by a new ethics committee when they are up for renewal, the department said.

Scientists sing it is additionally the most straight forward manner to achieve a cure for HIV, the Zika virus and childhood cancers.

Controversy broke out last August when a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) surfaced detailing a contract to the fetal tissue procurement firm Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc.

"Today's move demonstrates NIH's investment in scientifically-proven methods for research: adult stem cells, iPS cells, organoids, humanized mice constructed using postnatally sourced cells and improved non-human cell lines-just to name a few", he said.

On Wednesday, the administration also said it is not renewing an expiring contract with the University of California, San Francisco, that used fetal tissue to create a human-like immune system in mice for HIV research.

This will not now impact government-funded research by universities.

"The efforts by the administration to impede this work will undermine scientific discovery and the ability to find effective treatments for serious and life-threatening disease", university Chancellor Sam Hawgood said in a statement.

'Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump's administration, ' the HHS said in a statement.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List called the decision "a major pro-life victory".

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Fetal tissue has been used for a wide variety of research in the USA dating back to the 1930s, including the development of several vaccines and studies of genetic diseases.

For grants and contracts in nongovernmental research laboratories, no other funding of fetal tissue research will be interrupted.

"Prohibiting valuable research that uses fetal tissue that is otherwise going to be discarded doesn't make any sense".

Per the Associated Press, a senior first price talked about the policy transfer came from President Donald Trump, no longer the NIH Director, Francis Collins.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said the announcement is another demonstration of the Trump administration's vision of "restoring a Culture of Life to our government". "It blocks important future research vital to the development of new therapies." says Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, regenerative medicine specialist.

"When a directive such as this eliminates a whole program of research, it will reverberate throughout the country", said Randy Schekman, a victor of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and a UC Berkeley Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Scientists were incensed."I think it's ultimately a bad, nonsensical policy", said Larry Goldstein, distinguished professor in the University of California San Diego's department of cellular and molecular medicine, who has advised scientific groups that use fetal tissue. "Informed consent, it said, includes a disclosure of the nature of the research including the goal of using foetal tissue, as well as informing the woman of a right to refuse to participate". But Temple said researchers would readily use alternatives to fetal tissue if that was suitable.

In response to the announcement, Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper said: "Louisiana Right to Life applauds the Trump Administration for ending a NIH contract that necessitates the experimentation on the broken bodies of aborted babies".



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