Dec 11, 2018

NIH seeks alternatives to fetal tissue

The National Institutes of Health will release a funding opportunity soon for research into a potential replacement for fetal tissue.

Flashback: HHS announced in September that it was pulling back on federally funded research that relied on fetal tissue — a move anti-abortion advocates had pushed for.

  • Some scientists worried about the change, because fetal tissue is used in a lot of research.

So the NIH is looking for an alternative, and will spend up to $20 million over the next 2 years.

  • Specifically, it said it's looking to "develop and/or further refine human tissue models that closely mimic and can be used to faithfully model human embryonic development or other aspects of human biology ... that do not rely on the use of human fetal tissue obtained from elective abortions."

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Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.