Rep. Pat Toomey's amendment (R-PA) would have prevented NIH from funding five
objectionable and wasteful projects. The grants were:
1) Mood Arousal and Sexual Risk Taking: The grant abstract states, "In a series of laboratory studies, mood and sexual arousal will be induced and their individual and combined effects on sexual risk taking will be examined."
2) Study on Sexual Habits of Older Men: This study seeks to determine whether older men experience a decline in sexual behavior and if that decline is associated with sexual dissatisfaction, "especially with behaviors (such as masturbation) that may be substituted for more rigorous activities."
3) Study on San Francisco's Asian Prostitutes/Masseuses: The grant abstract states, "The proposed study will describe drug use and HIV-related behaviors among Asian female commercial sex workers at massage parlors."
4) Study on American Indian Transgender Research: This study aims to get a general understanding of the "American Indian and Alaskan Native lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgendered, and two-spirited individuals... who are a drastically understudied and
5) National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Study on Pandas in China: An excerpt from the grant abstract: "In this study, we view population-environment interactions as the interrelationships among five major components: human population, forests, giant panda habitats, socioeconomic and institutional factors, and government policies."
The combined value of these grants is roughly $1.73 million for FY 2004.