Why we need fetal tissue research

18 January 2019  Vol 363, Issue 6424

Why we need fetal tissue research
By Sally Temple, Lawrence S. B. Goldstein
Science18 Jan 2019 : 20
A vocal minority in the United States is intent on stopping federal funding for research using human fetal tissue, citing stem cell–based or other alternatives as adequate. This view is scientifically inaccurate. It ignores the current limitations of stem cell research and disregards the value of fetal tissue research in finding therapies for incurable diseases. If there is to be continued rapid progress in treating cancer, birth defects, heart disease, and infectious diseases, then we need fetal tissue research.