StemExpress is a multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers around the world to fuel regenerative medicine and translational research. Founded in 2010, we offer the largest variety of raw material in the industry, as well as fresh, fixed and cryopreserved human primary cells.
Ed Stetzer helped spread the word about StemExpress by posting screen shots from the company website where they sell fetal liver cells. Stetzer also posted an image of the tiered payment schedule for people who work to obtain “specimens” for StemExpress. In other words, they pay bonuses to “procurement technicians” based on how many baby livers they can get their hands on. Then they chop those livers up in their labs and sell the cells, which is how they became a “multi-million dollar company.”
Here’s the thing. In the United States, it is illegal to acquire or sell fetal tissue for profit. Take a look at the relevant section of the U.S. Code:
“for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce” 42 U.S.C. 282g-2(a).
Well that turned out to be more than one question. Funny how one thing leads to another. Seriously, though, someone help me. _____ Image credit: Ed Stetzer