- Fetal tissue has been used in biomedical research since the 1930s, for the development of the first polio vaccine
- Cells from fetal tissue are still in use today in vaccine manufacturing, as well as for stem cell and transplantation research
- The U.S. Health and Human Services guidelines dictate how researchers can obtain and use fetal tissue
(CNN)Fetal tissue has been used since the 1930s for vaccine development, and more recently to help advance stem cell research and treatments for degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Researchers typically take tissue samples from a fetus that has been aborted (under conditions permitted by law) and grow cells from the tissue in Petri dishes.