A member of the US House of Representatives, Darren Issa (R–CA), sponsored an amendment to the bill that funds National Institutes of Health that strips it of the grant money going to study sex workers and drug abusers and the spread of HIV/AIDS, reports Science Insider. Three grants in particular -- a study of Thai prostitutes, another of Chinese sex workers, and one on Russian alcoholics -- were targeted.

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