US Invests $200 Million to Reduce Organ Transplant Wait Time
The U.S. government says it is investing $200 million to help reduce the wait time for organ transplants, including a program to advance the science of tissue repair.
The investment, led by the Defense Department, brings together funds and expertise from the government, universities, companies and non-profits.
The plan includes more than $160 million in public and private funding to create the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will help develop ways of fabricating tissue.
Grants will also be given to small businesses that are trying to improve organ and tissue preservation to allow more time for transplantation.
White House officials say more than 120,000 people in the United States are on a donor waiting list, with the vast majority of those needing a kidney.
UN Acknowledges Human Rights Violation Against LGBT Community
For the first time the U.N. Security Council has used language acknowledging violence targeting the LGBT community in an official statement.
The statement released by the Council Monday said "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida on 12 June 2016, targeting persons as a result of their sexual orientation, during which 49 people were killed and 53 injured."
The language was reportedly met with resistance from Russia and Egypt, two of more than 70 nations in which LGBT status is still criminalized.
A first resolution, adopted by the UNHRC in June 2011, expressed "grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity."
It also called for study to document discriminatory laws, practices, and acts of violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity around the world.