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are fetuses still being used to make vaccines?

How do you find legitimate information that electively aborted fetuses are still being used to make vaccines. Sometimes known as wi-38, or human diploid cells.

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Asked by tabtabmom at 4:27 PM on Oct. 23, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • You can find the answer to that in the vaccine ingredient list. I'm not sure where to find that online, because my son's dr always gave me the pamphlet that had the ingredients in them.

    Answer by corbysmom531 at 4:30 PM on Oct. 23, 2009

  • Not sure, but I think if they are, then it's great that something helpful and benefiical can come from the tragedy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:42 PM on Oct. 23, 2009

  • Two different strains of human diploid cell cultures made from fetuses have been used extensively for vaccine production for decades. One was developed in the United States in 1961 (called WI-38) and the other in the United Kingdom in 1966 (called MRC-5).

    WI-38 came from lung cells from a female fetus of 3-months gestation and MRC-5 was developed from lung cells from a 14-week-old male fetus. Both fetuses were intentionally aborted, but neither was aborted for the purpose of obtaining diploid cells. The fetal tissues that eventually became WI-38 and the MRC-5 cell cultures were removed from fetuses that were dead. The cellular biologists who made the cell cultures did not induce the abortions. (continued)

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:42 PM on Oct. 23, 2009

  • These two cell strains have been growing under laboratory conditions for more than 35 years. The cells are merely the biological system in which the viruses are grown. These cell strains do not and cannot form a complete organism and do not constitute a potential human being. The cells reproduce themselves, so there is no need to abort additional fetuses to sustain the culture supply. Viruses are collected from the diploid cell cultures and then processed further to produce the vaccine itself.

    Information from the National Network for Immunization Information


    Answer by eringobrough at 6:44 PM on Oct. 23, 2009

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