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July 5, 1995

Suitability of Fetal Tissue for Transplantation

Author Affiliations

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1995;274(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530010038021

To the Editor.  —The 6-month study of the suitability for transplantation1 of fetal tissues derived from spontaneous abortions (SAbs) and ectopic pregnancies (EPs) was conceived and delivered in a very political climate. The question of the use of fetal tissue(s) from spontaneous vs elective abortions has been caught up in the political debate of pro-life vs prochoice issues, which also directly affects the scientific community. Unfortunately, the emotions and the lack of objectivity, as well as the lack of true scientific inquiry in certain quarters of the scientific community, have jeopardized the scientific integrity of the study even before it was initiated. The results reported in the aforementioned article represent data from five independent studies supported by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institutes of Health funds.The results reported in the article by Dr Branch and colleagues1 on EPs confirmed our earlier prediction

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