Update 12/19/2015. More evidence. The following article corroborates our thesis that the largest “human fetal tissue research” projects by the NIH for any single disease – using our taxes – is to cure and treat HIV/AIDS!
As we already reported, the NIH FY2016 HIV/AIDS Budget is substantially and inequitably greater than any other single disease.
“The Truth About Fetal Tissue Research.” Nature News.
Excerpt from the Nature article:
HIV and AIDS
The category of fetal tissue work that draws most NIH funding is the study of HIV and AIDS: it accounts for 64 of the 164 NIH grants. Researchers in this field have long struggled with the paucity of effective models for this uniquely human disease. The standard models, macaques, are expensive to breed, are infected with SIV [simian immunodeficiency virus] instead of HIV and have immune responses that are different from those of people. The flexibility and adaptability of fetal tissue — and its richness as a source of stem cells — has allowed the creation of a number of mice with humanized immune systems.
Prominent among these is the BLT (bone marrow–liver–thymus) mouse, which was created in 20062. This model is made by destroying the animal’s immune system and then surgically transplanting liver and thymus tissue fragments from a human fetus into the mouse. The immune system is further humanized with a bone-marrow transplant, using blood-forming stem cells from the same fetal liver. The animal enables studies of, for instance, immune responses that are key to developing an effective HIV vaccine. The mouse has “accelerated the study of HIV pathogenesis and novel approaches to harness anti-viral immunity to control HIV”, reads a recent review by several NIH-funded scientists who are using the mouse3.
The mouse has also helped to demonstrate that prophylactic drugs may prevent vaginal HIV infection — a strategy that is now in late-stage human trials. The animal is currently being used to examine how genital infection with herpes simplex virus alters immunity at the vaginal mucosa, making it easier for HIV to infect. In a similar vein, Su is now using his humanized mouse to examine the mechanisms by which hepatitis C and HIV co-infection can hasten liver disease.
There are drawbacks: the BLT mouse’s average lifespan is relatively short, at only around 8.5 months, because the animals tend to develop cancers of the thymus. And the humanized immune system is not inherited, so the model must be created again and again — leading to the constant demand for fetal tissue that so disturbs abortion opponents.
We have found an honest graphic illustration that clearly shows where “embryonic” stem cells originate. Look closely – do you see cells, and embryo, or a formed human fetus?
The little human is labeled a fetus!
- “Regenerative Medicine” is a new science. It means researchers, using fetal and embryonic tissue, are experimenting with that tissue’s stem cells to find therapies that will cure diseases one day in the future.
The chart shows that tissue (cells) originate from either a Human Fetus or a Human Adult.
Click the image twice to enlarge.
Scientists: “Aborted fetal tissue essential for research” Children of God for Life.
August 13, 2015
(Largo, FL) With the exposure of Planned Parenthood’s activities in procuring aborted babies for scientists, the media is buying into the lie that this is “life-saving” research. In a recent article picked up by the AP and published in US News, the hysterics were evidenced by the headlines “Amid uproar over anti-abortion videos scientists say fetal tissue essential for research”.
The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses.
But scientists also said that for some studies, fetal tissue remains essential, and that efforts to reduce an already-scarce supply could set back research on birth defects, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, eye diseases, and vaccines and treatments [mostly for a cure] for HIV/AIDS, to name a few.
From the article: John Hopkins University scientist stands beside a “mass spectrometer” which analyzes fetal tissue.