“As Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office, we at STAT are preparing, too. Here’s what we’re watching for as the new administration tackles big questions in health, medicine, and science.
Will the NIH squash research on fetal tissue?
I’m looking for quick action by the Trump administration on embryonic stem cell research, possibly by executive order.
In his first executive order, President Obama overturned President George W. Bush’s 2001 policy barring the National Institutes of Health from funding any research on embryonic stem cells except on cell lines that had already been created. Trump could easily reverse the Obama policy. That would affect the roughly $180 million per year the NIH spends on human embryonic stem cell research. (The cells all come from donated embryos created by IVF).
I’m also watching what Trump will do about fetal tissue research — that is, on tissue donated by women who have had abortions.”
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