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Fauci's agency spent over $400k on experiments grafting aborted fetal scalps onto mice and rats

Scalps continued growing hair after being grafted onto rodents.

Updated: May 6, 2021 - 8:13am

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the federal health agency run for decades by celebrated White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, has spent over $400,000 funding a series of experiments that grafted the scalps of aborted fetuses onto living mice, studies that were meant to investigate the human skin's propensity for developing infections. 

The research, published last fall in the journal Nature, was performed by a dozen scientists out of the University of Pittsburgh. The experiments involved developing rat and mouse "models" using, in part, "full-thickness fetal skin" in order to "provide a platform for studying human skin infections."

The report notes that the "human skin tissues" used in the skin grafting experiments were obtained "from the scalp and dorsum" of "donors," namely aborted fetuses.

"Full-thickness human fetal skin was processed via removal of excess fat tissues attached to the subcutaneous layer of the skin, then engrafted over the rib cage, where the mouse skin was previously excised," the study states. 

Some of the grafted fetal skin, the study notes, matured into "adult-like human skin." Some of the grafts even developed "human skin appendages," including "human hair evident at 12 weeks post-transplantation."

Graphic photographs from the study show patches of human skin grafted to rodent bodies and clearly sprouting human hair. 

Researchers involved with the study did not respond to queries for comment on the research. The NIAID and Anthony Fauci also did not respond to queries seeking more information about the project's funding, including how often the NIAID funds projects using aborted fetal remains. 

Federal records show that the NIAID supplied the project with about $430,000 in funding over 2018 and 2019.

The research was published quietly last year and received relatively little attention outside of pro-life circles, though this week it was referenced during a Pennsylvania state legislature hearing on fetal experimentation. 

In that hearing, David Daleiden — a pro-life activist and journalist who became famous for his series of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing aborted fetal body part exchanges — criticized the scientists, whom he described as "scalping 5-month-old aborted babies and grafting their scalps onto the backs of lab rats."