But some theologians and representatives from anti-abortion groups testified that to use tissues from intentionally aborted fetuses
makes biomedical researchers "accomplices to murder.
The host's sex, age, herd size, presence or absence of cats with herd, methods of disposing aborted fetuses
and other related information were recorded on a specially designed questionnaire.
Paxton's focus on abortion providers comes after Texas Republicans in recent months have renewed their fight against Planned Parenthood after the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, released undercover videos alleging that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the sale of tissue of aborted fetuses
- a charge Planned Parenthood officials have vehemently denied.
However we have a responsibility to object to the use of aborted fetuses
in research and to urge the ethical development of vaccines.
Some vaccines are still made in cells that have grown or descended independently from these aborted fetuses
, he said.
Olarte also warned the public against foreign corporations from Malaysia, China, Russia and other countries that use stem cells from aborted fetuses
or human embryos.
This study included frozen tissues as well as formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissues from aborted fetuses
When the session actually took place, there were anti-abortion deputies with placards hanging around their necks with disturbing photographs of supposedly aborted fetuses
Available aborted fetuses
were examined for CMV-induced histopathologic changes.
Whatever promise adult stem cells, umbilical-cord blood cells, and amniotic fluid stem cells hold, most stem-cell researchers still think that, at present, the best source of stem cells is either in the gonadal tissue of aborted fetuses
or in the inner mass of blastocysts--that is, of embryos in the early days after fertilization.
Meanwhile, the Pretoria News reports that 6-year-old Daniel Kerner became the first person to have stem cells from aborted fetuses
transplanted into his head in a bid to reverse, or at least slow, a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease.
The vaccines currently produced using human cell lines derived from aborted fetuses
are used in the prevention of infection by rubella (German measles), mumps, hepatitis A, chickenpox, poliomyelitis, rabies, and smallpox.
Previous studies had shown that brain cells from aborted fetuses
injected into the brains of rodents could survive and migrate to different regions of the brain.
An ad hoc government committee is now grappling with the formulation of guidelines and was moving in the direction of approving the use of stillborn and aborted fetuses
for stem cell research when legal scholars and social scientists on the committee objected that approval would encourage abortions.
A 63-year-old obstetrician at a clinic in Yokohama was found guilty Thursday of dumping 15 aborted fetuses
as general garbage between January and June last year.