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I just learned of another action by government: “a government project conducted by government researchers funded by government money” which I find disturbing on many fronts. “Back on April 25, 2013, …the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard put out a press release announcing this $12.4 million federal grant.”
The NIH is forbidden by law to experiment on humans. “In March 1988, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a moratorium on federal funding of research that involved transplanting human fetal tissue into human subjects.”
“The moratorium did not extend to research that involves transplanting human fetal tissue into animals.”
It seems that since 2013 the NIH has been taking “tissues cut from human livers and thymuses taken from babies at 17 to 22 weeks gestational age” and implanting them into mice — “called the TKO-BLT mouse—with TKO standing for triple knockout (representing changes in the mouse’s system) and BLT standing for bone marrow, liver and thymus.”
“Each mouse would get a piece of thymus and a piece of liver taken from the same 17-to-22-week gestational age human baby. The part of the liver not cut into small pieces and transplanted under the kidney capsules of mice was cut into small pieces and processed to make stem cells that were injected into the mice after they underwent their transplantation surgeries.”
They thus make what NIH terms: “humanized mice”.
NIH reports that they “use ‘humanized’ mice, mice that contain human immune systems, as a model to study immune responses to HIV infection and to help us determine the basic mechanisms of vaccine protection against acute and chronic retroviral infections. The goal of these studies is to develop new ideas for HIV vaccines and therapies”.
“The researchers noted that they followed NIH rules in the treatment of animals.”
“The same government researchers had collaborated on another journal article about the “humanized” mouse with an NIH-funded researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital–which has an ongoing federal grant that also involves humanizing mice using human fetal livers and thymuses.”
CNS News has uncovered this. They have asked the NIH thirty questions.
This was the NIH’s only answer:
"Neither the NIH nor the co-authors responded to the specific questions. Instead, the NIH responded with this statement:
‘NIH is a biomedical research agency and conducts and funds research to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH does not regulate and is not involved with medical services for abortions. Additionally, NIH is not a direct source of human fetal tissue for researchers. In connection with some research projects, NIH-funded researchers obtain human fetal tissue that is donated to organizations for biomedical research under conditions governed by law, specifically sections 498A and 498B of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C. 298g-1 [sic 289g-1] and 298g-2 [sic 289g-2], through an intermediary such as university tissue banks, clinics associated with universities and companies.’ "
It is also restricted in what it may do:
“Section 289g-2 of the law cited by NIH focuses on “Prohibitions regarding human fetal tissue.” It says in part: “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.””
The debate on fetal “stem cell” research has been publicized to a fair extent. That said, as much as I have read on the topic — mainstream publications, mostly — until yesterday I had been totally unaware that any human cells were ever inserted into non-human animals. I, personally, was shocked.
From my reading — little done very recently — no medical benefits have accrued from fetal stem cell research. There have been many and valuable medical break-throughs using adult stem-cells.
There are a multitude of questions raised by the NIH humanized-mice:
Is it legal? My understanding (as quoted) was it might not be.
Should the NIH have the responsibility of doing their own “due diligence” to assure legal compliance by their “parts” providers?
Do the abortionists explain to the woman having the abortion that her “baby’s” (the NIH term) liver and thymus will be used to breed “humanized mice”?
Are the members of Congress aware that the NIH is inserting a “baby’s” liver and thymus into a mouse to breed “humanized mice”?
In each person’s opinion, is it right to use the insertion of fetal cells to justify abortions?
Is it moral to insert ANY human cells into any other animal?
If not moral, do any potential — but unprecedented — medical benefits that might be found justify such immoral research?
Do adult stem cells get inserted into animals for research?
In essence, who believes that the “end” justifies the “means”?
What do others think about this?
What is the Church teaching?