Congress Is Considering Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research. Here’s Why We Still Badly Need It.

September 29, 2017

(Pacific Standard) – In light of the scientific progress since 2001, the restrictions now proposed by Congress raise an important question: Is fetal tissue genuinely important for medical research? The answer is still yes, and here’s why: Fetal tissue research plays a relatively small, but critical role in one of the most promising areas of biomedical research, called regenerative medicine. The ultimate goal of regenerative medicine is just what it sounds like: to discover how to regenerate lost or damaged tissue, and thereby develop not just treatments, but cures for some of the most intractable diseases, from diabetes to Parkinson’s to paraplegia.