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Congress Investigates Fetal Tissue Sales

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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1903-1905
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1903b

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At a packed hearing on 9 March, members of a congressional committee vowed to investigate whether some companies are profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. One committee member said after the hearing that he would introduce a bill requiring researchers to report the source and cost of fetal tissue they use. But--much to the disappointment of antiabortion groups that had hoped the hearing would spark outrage over grisly tales of trade in body parts--the testimony itself turned up no persuasive evidence of wrongdoing.