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Medical Center to receive fetal tissue from Seattle laboratory
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Health Sciences Center. There is
no contact between the labora
tory and the women donating
Crouse said the Medical
Center would continue to active
ly seek alternative tissue sources
for the research, but so far no
viable sources have been found.
In response to the outcry
over the use of aborted fetal tis
sue in research, a group of citi
zens formed Nebraskans for
Research to support medical
and health research in the state.
The group’s executive direc
tor, Sandy Goodman, said it is
important that this research
continue because of its potential
“None of that (the benefits) is
going to matter if we become the
Kansas of the medical research
world,” Goodman said, referring
to a neighboring state’s decision
to de-emphasize evolution in its
Blanchard said the distance
between the Seattle laboratory
and Omaha would not be a
problem. He said the tissue will
be sent packed in dry ice with an
overnight delivery service.
Crouse said that once UNMC
starts receiving the tissue, it will
take about a month to deter
mine if it is suitable for the cur
The University of
Washington laboratory is fund
ed by the National Institutes of
Health and has provided tissue
to scientists for nearly 40 years,
The laboratory charges a
$100 processing fee to cover the
costs of obtaining and shipping
the tissue regardless of the
amount, Blanchard said. The tis
sue itself is free, and the lab pro
vides tissue only to institutions
approved by the National
Institutes of Health.
“For us the choice was to
provide this material or give in to
those who say this should not
take place,” Blanchard said. “We
certainly weren’t willing to go
down that road.”
Blanchard said the research
being done at UNMC was con
' sidered “very exciting and fruit
ful” by scientists around the
“It’s important work and
we’re happy to help that,”
Blanchard said. “Even though we
know it will bring further unwel
come attention from extremist
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