30 Questions for NIH About the Humanized Mouse

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 5, 2015 | 4:43 PM EDT

CNSNews.com submitted these questions to the NIH and Advanced Bioscience Resources:

1-What is the total number of donor babies who have provided their livers and thymuses for transplantation into mice in research conducted by NIH scientists associated with the NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories?

2-Did the 17- to 22-week old pre-term babies whose thymuses and livers were used in the NIH research described in the Blood and Journal of Immunological Methods articles die as the result of abortions or miscarriages or both?

3-How many died from abortions? 

4-How many died from miscarriages?

5-If a donor baby died from a miscarriage, how long could the pre-term baby be dead before his or her liver and thymus needed to be harvested from his or her cadaver?

6-If a donor baby died from an abortion, how long could the pre-term baby be dead before his or her liver and thymus needed to be harvested from his or her cadaver?

7-If a donor baby died from an abortion, did a technician need to be present at the abortion to harvest the liver and thymus from the aborted baby? Or did the abortionist himself or herself harvest the liver and the thymus from the baby?

8-Were technicians present at the abortions of the babies who donated their livers and thymuses to this NIH research so that they could harvest those organs? Or did the abortionists themselves harvest the livers and thymuses that were uses in this NIH research? Or was there a mix of the two?

9—Who prepared the livers and thymuses for shipment at the site of the abortion?

10—Given that this NIH research needed intact livers and thymuses from the same donor baby to construct “approximately 40 TKO-BLT mice from a single tissue donor” were there any methods of abortion that could not be used because they would disrupt the baby’s liver and thymus and make them unsuitable for this research?

11-What methods of abortion were used on the babies who provided the livers and thymuses used in this NIH research? 

12-Why were all the babies whose livers and thymuses were used in this research between 17 and 22 weeks of gestational age?

13—What is the minimum gestational age a baby could be and still provide both a liver and thymus that could be used in constructing the TKO-BLT mouse that was created by the NIH researchers?

14—What is the maximum gestational age a baby could be and still provide both a liver and a thymus that could be used in constructing the TKO-BLT mouse that was created by the NIH researchers?

15—The Blood and Journal of Immunological Methods articles say that the livers and thymuses from the 17- to 22-week gestational age babies came from Advanced Biosciences Resources of Alameda, Calif. Were the abortions of the babies that provided their livers and thymuses done in California or in a different state?

16-Were the abortions of the babies whose livers and thymuses were used in this NIH research done in a hospital or an abortion clinic?

17-Were any of the abortions of the babies whose livers and thymuses were used in this NIH research done in a facility operated by Planned Parenthood?

18—Were the human fetal thymuses and livers delivered to the NIH researchers fresh or frozen? 

19—If the thymuses and livers were frozen, how long could they remain frozen and still be used to create TKO-BLT mice? 

20—According to the NIH RePorter, the NIH grant project at Massachusetts General Hospital…which involves “using humanized BLT mice” constructed with human fetal liver and thymus, began in 2013 and is ongoing in 2015. The subproject for the animal core to construct humanized BLT mice began on Feb. 1 of this year. How many donor babies have contributed their livers and thymuses to this research at Massachusetts General Hospital since the grants started in 2013?

21—What have been the gestational ages of the pre-term babies whose livers and thymuses were used to create BLT humanized mice for the grant project at Massachusetts General Hospital?

22—Did the babies whose livers and thymuses were used to create BLT humanized mice for the grant project at Massachusetts General Hospital die from miscarriages or abortions?

23—Who supplied the livers and thymuses for this grant project? 

24—Were the livers and thymuses for this grant project delivered fresh or frozen?

25—In what area of the country did the babies whose livers and thymuses were used in this grant project at Massachusetts General Hospital die?

26—In either of these NIH-funded projects—the project to develop the TKO BLT humanized mice and the Massachusetts General Hospital project using BLT mice—were any abortionists paid a fee for procuring, providing, or processing human fetal livers and thymuses?

27—Was anyone at all paid a fee for human livers and thymuses?

28—If an abortionist or anyone else was paid a fee for the human fetal livers and thymuses used in these two NIH-funded projects what were the amounts of the fees they were paid?

29—Can you provide a copy of the consent form signed by the mothers of the babies whose livers and thymuses were used in these NIH-funded projects?

30-Was each donor mother informed that live tissue taken from her baby was going to be transplanted into a mouse?

 


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