Are There Really Alternatives to the Use of Fetal Tissue from Elective Abortions in Transplantation Research?

Daniel J Garry, Arthur L. Caplan, Dorothy E. Vawter, Warren Kearney

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Human fetal tissue has been described as having tremendous plasticity and availability, and as possibly being less prone to rejection than adult tissue. These properties have led many researchers to consider it a possible source of transplantable tissue for patients with incurable debilitating diseases, such as diabetes mellitus and Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's diseases. The use of human fetal tissue in research involving transplantation in human recipients has become the center of a heated controversy in the United States. In March 1988 the Department of Health and Human Services placed a moratorium on the funding of research involving the transplantation…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1592-1595
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 26 1992


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