The Department of Health and Human Services renewed a contract University of California at San Francisco to make “humanized mice,” reported CNSNews Friday, Mar. 1.
It confirms what nasayers cautioned nearly a decade ago about the slippery slope of embryonic stem cell research, which Pres. Barack Obama reversed.
“The simple answer is he thinks murder’s wrong,” then-White House spokesman Tony Snow stated in July, 2006 following legislation designed to reverse the Bush administration’s stem cell regulations. “The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research.”
In the gruesome, Frankenstein-esque “experiments,” creatures are made by implanting mice with human tissues taken from late-term aborted babies. The contract specifically requires researchers at UCSF to make two different types of “humanized mice” both of which are “engrafted with human fetal liver and thymus” taken from babies 20-to-24 weeks in gestational age. In other words, the babies used today can (and are) deliverable human beings (or “preemies”) that modern medicine can care for in incubators until healthy enough to go home with their loving parents.
“Humanized Mouse Models for HIV Therapeutics Development” will run through June 5. The HHS’s multi-million-dollar contract with UCSF requires that the National Institutes of Health — an agency under the control of HHS — spend $95 million this fiscal year alone on research that uses “human fetal tissue,” no matter what form it takes.
Mice are just the beginning.
Justifications for de-humanizing research are abundant in the scientific community, but also always fall flat (if clinical trials are any measure). Embryonic stem cell hasn’t gotten out of testing in rats — and no successful human lines exist, causing tumors in most cases.
Conversely, “adult” stem cell lines have cured blindness, incontinence, paraplegia, and are responsible for even more dazzling medical miracles. Science does not even benefit, in other words, from devaluing human life.
HHS also is in the process of conducting a “comprehensive review” of all research “involving fetal tissue.”
That review was initiated to ensure that all federally funded research using human fetal tissue is consistent “with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved.”
“The UCSF contract has been issued another extension,” HHS said Friday. “We will provide an update on the review once it has concluded and as appropriate,” HHS said.
Total payments from Uncle Sam to UCSF: $10,596,960.
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