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The Use of Fetal Cells in Science

Monday, September 15, 2008 - 10:29 AM

The use of fetal cells in science has become quite controversial. There was an interesting moment in an interview between Radio Lab co-host, Jad Abumrad. and scientist Dr. Leonard Hayflick on this topic when we were making the show Mortality. Dr. Hayflick grew millions of cells from one aborted fetus and pioneered the use of fetal cells for research and the creation of vaccines.

In this take, Jad is talking to Dr. Hayflick in his garage where millions of these cells are preserved. Listen above.

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saltyC from Texas

@ Matthew, Share it share it! I live in Texas too and the damage the ignorance is making is palpable here. I talk to women who are caught in a bind produced by their illogic and it's not blissful, as ignorance never truly is.

Apr. 01 2011 03:04 PM
Matthew Slaven

I've thought about sharing this information with my family here in Texas, who fall in line with the majority of the common stereotypes of middle America (Religious, Republican, and anti-science),I decided though that this information would make them sick at their stomach. People who have thought strongly in black and white about the absolute wrong of abortion and finding out they have an aborted "person with a soul" running in their very own veins might just make them want to toss their cookies. I probably would if I was in their shoes... This is information I'm going to be careful to distribute.

Sep. 26 2008 02:41 AM

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