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The Biden administration on Friday reversed Trump-era restrictions on federal funding for fetal tissue medical research by government scientists.

Background: The Trump administration in 2019 announced it would no longer fund research that used fetal tissue from elective abortions. Outside research proposals were also subject to ethics reviews. Scientists at the time condemned the move and argued it could hinder lifesaving medical research.

  • Applications for fetal tissue include treatments for COVID-19, HIV and other medical conditions.
  • "This notice informs the extramural research community that [Health and Human Services] is reversing its 2019 decision that all research applications for [National Institutes of Health] grants and contracts proposing the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions will be reviewed by an Ethics Advisory Board," the NIH said in an announcement on Friday.

What they're saying: "We believe that we have to do the research it takes to make sure that we are incorporating innovation and getting all of those types of treatments and therapies out there to the American people," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said before a House hearing, the Washington Post notes.

Yes, but: Anti-abortion activists applauded the move by former President Trump — and are sure to have qualms with Biden's reversal.

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Apr 15, 2021 - Health

CDC: 4 in 10 transgender women in major U.S. cities have HIV

A trans pride flag in New York, 2019. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Transgender women in the U.S. are contracting HIV at extremely high rates, as they face poverty, discrimination, and gaps in gender-affirming medical treatment, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

Why it matters: Two-thirds of Black trans women and more than one-third of Hispanic trans women surveyed across seven major cities have HIV, in what the CDC called one of the most comprehensive surveys of trans women in the U.S.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

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