Use of early fetal tissues obtained from suction termination of pregnancy

Lancet. 1977 Jan 22;1(8004):186-8. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(77)91778-0.


Organs were identified in the fetal products of pregnancies of short gestation terminated by the suction method. Various tissues from such fetuses were grown in tissue-culture and some of these cultures were used for the isolation of viruses. This new approach would ensure the supply of human embryonic tissue, essential for certain virlogical procedures, as suitable fetuses from pregnancies terminated by hysterotomy become less common. Tissues from these early fetuses could also be used fro transplantation and developmental studies.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced
  • Anthropometry
  • Culture Techniques*
  • Embryo, Mammalian / cytology
  • Extraembryonic Membranes / analysis
  • Extraembryonic Membranes / cytology
  • Female
  • Fetus*
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • London
  • Pregnancy
  • Research
  • Tissue Banks
  • Transplantation, Homologous / methods
  • Vacuum Curettage
  • Virus Cultivation / methods