The federal government made available 198 pages of correspondence between a medical supplier and the Food and Drug Administration detailing procurement of fetal tissue for research involving "humanized mice," according to a conservative watchdog group.
The records, produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Health and Human Services Department, mainly pertain to communications and related attachments between Perrin Larton, a procurement manager for Advanced Bioscience Resources, and research veterinary medical officer Kristina Howard of the FDA, Judicial Watch announced on Tuesday.
The emails span 2013 to 2018, when the FDA under President Donald Trump ended its contracts with ABR. The Trump administration blocked federal funding for research projects using fetal tissue from elective abortions in 2019, but the National Institutes of Health reversed the restrictions in April under President Joe Biden.
Judicial Watch filed the Freedom of Information Act request in March 2019, asking “for all contracts and related documentation on disbursement of funds, procedural documents and communications between FDA and ABR for the provision of human fetal tissue to be used in humanized mice research.”
“Humanized mice” involve implanting certain undeveloped human tissue cells into living mice in order to grow human organs or cells.
The specific research the FDA was conducting with these transactions included studies of the immune system by “surgical implantations of human tissue into mice that have multiple genetic mutations that block the development of the mouse immune system, allow[ing] the human tissues to grow and develop into functional human tissues,” according to Judicial Watch.
A January 2013 invoice priced the bodies of unborn babies at $215 for the second trimester and $515 for the first trimester.
“Chopping up aborted human beings for their organs and tissue is a moral and legal outrage,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This issue should be front and center in any debate about America’s barbaric abortion industry.”
The Washington Examiner reached out to the FDA for comment.
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram