Sunday, August 21, 2005

Fetal Skin

Rather than use traditional autologous skin grafting (cutting some good skin, growing it and putting it on burned skin), these researchers used skin from a terminated 14 week fetus whose mother gave written permission for a bunch of kids with burns. These grafts worked even better than the traditional methods. See more here.

Can anyone see a future where women get pregnant, terminates and get paid for the use of the barely developed child for medicinal purposes? Does this freak you out like it does me? And worse, would I abstain from this technique if my child suffered disfiguring burns? I hope I'm never given the choice. Where are the medical ethicists? And what do they base their ethics on anyway?
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