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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — announced Monday it would be seeking to find and develop human tissue models that do not rely on the use of aborted fetal tissue.
In its announcement, NIH said in the near future it would be seeking grant applications for the development of “models that closely mimic and can be used to faithfully model human embryonic development or other aspects of human biology, for example, the human immune system, that do not rely on the use of human fetal tissue obtained from elective abortions.”
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NIH states that while human fetal tissue and embryonic stem cell-derived systems have been used for researching human development and diseases, “new technologies raise the potential of reconstituting these model systems without fetal tissue yielding more replicable and reproducible system for broader uses.”
Republican Reps. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri and Chris Smith of New Jersey praised the Trump administration’s move toward the use of ethical methods for conducting research.
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“I’m pleased that the government is moving in the right direction when it comes to ethical research,” Hartzler said. “Using the remains of aborted babies for science experiments is abhorrent. Every human life has intrinsic value and should be treated with dignity, not as a means to an end.”
“NIH has taken an...
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