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Vanderbilt Received $10M In Grants For Fetal Tissue Research

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Aug 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:27:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Researchers at Vanderbilt University used fetal tissue in diabetes research in a federally funded project that won a national award last year.

The private university in Nashville received more than $10 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health in 2011 and 2012.

Anti-abortion activists' release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of fetal tissue unleashed a furor on Capitol Hill and on the presidential campaign trail.

The Associated Press reported this week that 97 research institutions - mostly universities and hospitals -- received a total of $280 million in fetal tissue research grants between 2011 and 2014.

University laboratories strongly defend their research, saying tissue that would otherwise be thrown out has played a vital role in lifesaving medical advances and holds great breakthrough potential.

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