ISSCR and 100 Scientific Organizations Urge the Administration to Lift the Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research

  • 25 March, 2020
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Skokie, IL – The ISSCR and 100 scientific and medical organizations united to impress upon the U.S. Administration to remove the restrictions on research using fetal tissue in order to allow crucial research into COVID-19 treatments and other diseases to move forward during this unprecedented global public health crisis.

“The exponential rate in which the coronavirus and COVID-19 is spreading throughout the world and in the United States is alarming,” said ISSCR President Deepak Srivastava. “The research community is exploring every possible avenue to address this pandemic but cannot do so with one hand tied around our backs. The ISSCR is pleased to lead this coalition effort with the scientific community to urge the Administration to lift the restrictions on using fetal tissue for COVID-19 and other devastating disease research and remove unwarranted barriers to discovering treatments during this pandemic.”

Read the March 25, 2020 coalition letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

About the International Society for Stem Cell Research ( With nearly 4,000 members from more than 60 countries, the International Society for Stem Cell Research is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. The ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. Additional information about stem cell science is available at A Closer Look at Stem Cells, an initiative of the Society to inform the public about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.