San Diego, California - Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research received tissue biopsies from two rare and critically endangered vaquita porpoises at the end of 2017. The material, containing living cells, was collected from two female vaquitas that came under human care during an attempt to bring individuals of the species into a breeding program. Although growing vaquita cells had never before been attempted, tissue culturists at the Institute for Conservation Research were able to successfully establish the first cell lines for this species, now accessioned into the Frozen Zoo®—the largest and most diverse collection of its kind in the world.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday permitted marketing of the first mobile medical application (app) that can be used as a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy. The app, called Natural Cycles, contains an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile based on daily body temperature readings and menstrual cycle information, a method of contraception called fertility awareness. Designed for mobile devices, it is intended for use in pre-menopausal women aged 18 and older.

Washington, DC - Senate Democrats seek to put up a united front against President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. But, political analysts - Democrat and Republican - seem to believe it is a losing battle, says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Washington, DC - Clinicians were more likely to reduce the number and dose of opioid drugs they prescribed after learning that one of their patients had died from an overdose from a controlled substance than those not notified, according to a recent study appearing in the August 10 issue of Science. The study was funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Washington, DC - On Thursday, Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan announced the selection of Deputy Chief Carla L. Provost as the 18th chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. Chief Provost has served as acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol since April 2017.

Washington, DC - Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States: