Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 06:30 am
Legislators, pro-life groups, and ethicists have condemned a new government contract to obtain human tissue from aborted children for use in medical research and in the creation of "humanized mice."
The Food and Drug Administration signed a $15,900 contract to acquire human fetal tissue for use on mice on July 25. The contract was signed with Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc., a California based not-for-profit. It is the eighth contract between the FDA and ABR since 2012, seven of the contracts appear to relate to the same or similar programs.
The fetal tissue used in such research is obtained from elective abortions, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.
The fetal tissue the FDA intends to purchase would be injected into mice with compromised immune systems in order to create a "chimeric animal" with an immune system like that of a human being.