New NIH Rules for Research Using Fetal Tissue Concern Scientists

WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some scientists are concerned about new U.S. National Institutes of Health rules for funding research that uses human fetal tissue.

Scientists must now justify why they need to use human fetal tissue, show that they received consent for the use of fetal tissue from women who had abortions, and outline their plans for treatment and disposal of fetal tissue after they complete their research, CNN reported.

Scientists in training cannot propose research that uses fetal tissue, according to the new rules that were announced last week and take effect September 25.

"This decision is all about the politics, not about the science, and it has unfortunately allowed the abortion debate to creep into what should be a research issue," Lawrence Goldstein, professor of cellular and molecular medicine, University of California, San Diego, told CNN.

In June, the Trump administration said it would halt research by NIH scientists that used fetal tissue from elective abortions. That prompted 93 medical association and universities to "express our collective and strong opposition" to the new policies.

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