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July 24, 2019


The Dangers of Ideologically-Driven Bans on Research…and more ID in the News

Infection Diseases Special Edition spoke with IDSA President Cynthia Sears, MD, FIDSA, and HIVMA Chair, W. David Hardy, MD on the Societies’ recent statement condemning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to end funding for medical research using human fetal tissue.

“Fetal tissue research has quite simply advanced medical care including infectious diseases and HIV medicine,” Dr. Sears said. “A key example is vaccine development with polio and rubella. We hurt patients with ideologically-driven bans on research.” Dr. Hardy elaborated: “Being a stem cell researcher myself and using stem cell modalities for HIV cure, I can tell you that this policy takes away a unique type of stem cell for research, which is not replaceable by any other type of stem cell modality. It allows us to be able to work with human cells at a point before they have become immunologically committed.”

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