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Albert R. Hunt

House Republicans Wage War on Medical Research

To re-enter the political mainstream, the right should end its unwarranted campaign against fetal tissue science.
Stem-cell research has already led to a multitude of treatments.

Stem-cell research has already led to a multitude of treatments.

Photographer: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives that has held only two hearings since it was created a year ago. Its meetings are marked by walkouts and little substantive discussion. Many House members, including some Republicans, hope it will expire by year-end.

Some medical experts say this special committee may seem like a joke but is nonetheless having a chilling effect on important medical research. The issue is the use of fetal tissue taken from aborted fetus that would otherwise be discarded.