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Fetal stem cells and the sports heroes they revitalized

“We don’t use the word ‘fetal’ too much” Maynard Howe CEO, Stemedica Cell Technologies of San Diego
TIJUANA, Mexico — John Brodie decided he had nothing to lose. So did Gordie Howe, who was losing his will to live. After each suffered massive strokes, both sports heroes barely could walk, talk or take care of themselves. “He was definitely close to giving up hope,” said Howe’s son, Murray. So they tried something new. They left the United States to receive experimental treatments that included stem cell injections derived from the brain tissue of a single aborted human fetus. Both men now can walk, exercise and communicate better, seemingly sparked back to life after reaching the precipice of death. READ MORE: USA TODAY

How exactly fetal tissue is used for medicine

“Many of the uses of fetal tissue — and much of the debate — are not new. It’s just that the public is finding out about it,” Insoo Hyun associate professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University

(CNN)Fetal tissue has been used since the 1930s for vaccine development, and more recently to help advance stem cell research and treatments for degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. Researchers typically take tissue samples from a fetus that has been aborted (under conditions permitted by law) and grow cells from the tissue in Petri dishes.

Many of the uses of fetal tissue — and much of the debate — are not new. “It’s just that the public is finding out about it,” said Insoo Hyun, associate professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. READ MORE ON CNN.

The Real Story Behind That Video Of An Abortion Doctor Discussing Harvesting Organs

“there are opportunities to use the [fetal] tissue, so that somebody may be able to benefit from it.” Evan Snyder Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

On Tuesday a video went viral showing a Planned Parenthood doctor discussing the harvesting of cells from aborted fetuses. Scientists are appalled at the seemingly callous tone of the doctor, but say that fetal cells have played important roles in medical research since the 1960s. READ ON BUZZFEED.

Planned Parenthood Video: Why Use Tissue From Aborted Fetuses?

“It’s not illegal to use fetal tissue, it’s just that it is so tied in to the terribly divisive and difficult issue of elective abortion, it remains controversial.” Art Caplan NYC School of Medicine – Bioethicist
Activists who released a video they say shows a Planned Parenthood doctor discussing the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses have riled up abortion-rights opponents, with House Speaker John Boehner saying the case makes him want to “vomit” and Republican-controlled committees in Congress promising to investigate. The political firestorm raises a question: Why would anyone use tissue from an aborted fetus? It’s because some scientists hope they might provide cures for a range of diseases from Parkinson’s to crushed spinal cords.


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