The University of Pittsburgh is now in hot water after government documents and research papers show that they been making gruesome experiments by obtaining tissue from aborted fetuses using taxpayer-funded money.
The Pennsylvania House Health Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the University of Pittsburgh’s experimentation with aborted fetuses, including experiments grafting aborted baby scalps onto mice. Pitt denies that the aborted fetuses are supplied by a local Planned Parenthood and that their research is funded by taxpayer dollars, but Tuesday’s hearing featured witnesses testifying otherwise.
The National Institutes of Health has funded the school for its experiments using aborted fetal tissue that involved scalping five-month-old fetuses in order to stitch their scalps and back skin onto lab rats and transporting fetal kidneys to other researchers.
In the fall of 2020, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh published a study titled, “Development of humanized mouse and rat models with full-thickness human skin and autologous immune cells.” In studying how organs reacted to pathogens or infections on human skin, researchers grafted “full-thickness human skin” as well as thymuses, livers, and spleens from fetuses onto rodent bodies, creating what they call “humanized rat models.”
As part of aborting second-trimester pregnancies, labor was induced and livers were harvested from “intact” abdomens. “Because we obtained the tissue from intact abdomens and removed the livers surgically under cGMP conditions, the tissue could be obtained in a sterile manner,” researchers wrote. They said, “our protocol required no alteration of the routine treatment.”
Jarring photos from a scientific paper on the fetal scalp experiments show the fetal scalp skin grafted onto lab rats and growing human hair. The idea behind the experiments was to “develop a humanized mouse model” in order to provide a platform for studying human skin infections.
“Human skin tissues were obtained from the scalp and dorsum of donors and were used in developing human skin engraftments with and without hair in the mouse model, respectively,” read the report on the experiment, which was published in the scientific journal Nature. “Full-thickness human fetal skin was processed via removal of excess fat tissues attached to the subcutaneous layer of the skin, then engrafted over the rib cage, where the mouse skin was previously excised.”
The school also proposed acting as a “Tissue Hub and Tissue Gathering” site for the GenitoUrinary Development Molecular Anatomy Project, a group of labs focused on researching the kidney and urinary tract.
“In this calendar year, we have disbursed over 300 fresh samples collected from 77 cases,” the university wrote in a 2016 NIH grant application. “The collections can be significantly ramped up as material could have been accrued from as many as 725 cases last year.” It was awarded $600,000 that year, according to NIH records, which placed the grant under the category “Human Fetal Tissue.” Similar grants were awarded in 2017 and 2018, according to the records.
The application said the university’s Health Sciences Tissue Bank has “a long-standing history of collecting, maintaining and disbursing quality samples to research scientists, both in-house and outside the University of Pittsburgh.”
One paper on university-funded experiments, by Italian researchers with funds from the University of Pittsburgh, said researchers took a tissue from fetuses up to gestational week 22. Premature babies born at 21 weeks have survived.
Another academic paper published in 2019 by Pitt researchers said, “The human fetal livers of 17 to 20 weeks of gestational age were obtained as anatomical gifts provided by the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center, Pittsburgh, PA.”
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion group, highlighted an incestuous relationship between Planned Parenthood and the university in a video Monday.
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