Society Letters

Coalition Statement in Support of Research Using Human Fetal Tissue

June 21, 2021

"Our organizations represent scientific, medical, and patient communities dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and improving human health. We support the continued use of human fetal tissue (HFT) in research because it is an indispensable biomedical research tool crucial for life-saving biomedical research.

Research using HFT has led to numerous scientific and medical advances that have saved millions of lives, including the development of vaccines against polio, rubella, measles, chickenpox, adenovirus, and rabies, as well as treatments for debilitating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and hemophilia. Fetal tissue was also essential for the development of the first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent the transmission of HIV, and it remains critical for ongoing clinical research testing new therapies for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s disease."

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