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Cell division

.@NatureNews on WI-38, a cell line w/ tricky ethics (like #HeLa), from an aborted fetus, but essential for vaccines

Interesting discussion of another cell line other than Hela called WI-38 that has some challenging ethical issues. This cell line was taken from a fetus and used to develop important viral medications. The person who originally did this — Hayflick — identified four stakeholders that should really be compensated: the estate of the unborn child, the scientists, the institution and the funders.

In 1962, Leonard Hayflick created a cell strain from an aborted fetus. More than 50 years later, WI-38 remains a crucial, but controversial, source of cells.


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