Partial government shutdown likely as negotiations falter
During a testy exchange with Democratic congressional leaders this week, President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown if a spending bill to fund parts of the government did not include at least $5 billion for a U.S.–Mexico border wall. Lawmakers, many of whom have already left Washington, D.C., for winter recess, have until Dec. 21 to pass a funding bill to keep the government open. Read more here.
U.S. Congress holds hearing on necessity of fetal tissue research
The U.S. House committees on oversight and government reform held a hearing Dec. 13 to discuss the role of human fetal tissue in biomedical research. Republican committee members argued that alternative research techniques remove the need for fetal tissue use, while Democrats said that recent medical advances have relied on human fetal tissue. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has placed a hold on acquisition of new human fetal tissue as it assesses its role in HHS-funded research. Read more here.
NIH report: Foreign countries stealing U.S. intellectual property
The National Institutes of Health released a report on Dec. 13 highlighting incidences of state-sponsored intellectual property theft by China and other countries. The report describes a Chinese-run talent recruitment program aimed at enlisting U.S.-based scientists with access to intellectual property. Read more here.