The California Stem Cell Research
and Cures Initiative Problems

The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative
      • Although the initiative purports to fund all manner of stem cell research, a clause prevents funding of any stem cell research other than embryonic stem cell research:

        "…other research categories funded by the National Institute of Health shall not be funded by the Institute"
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The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative purports to fund all manner of stem cell research (adult and embryonic), but a clause in the text prevents any kind of stem cell research other than embryonic stem cell research - regardless of scientific merit. If future research shows that embryonic stem cells are not useful in therapy, the initiative locks in embryonic stem cell research as the only funded research.

Full text of clause:

125281.11   Scientific and Medical Research Funding Working Group
(c) (1) (C)
"In order to ensure that Institute funding does not duplicate or supplant existing funding, a high priority shall be placed on funding pluripotent stem cell and progenitor cell research that cannot, or is unlikely to, receive timely or sufficient federal funding, unencumbered by limitations that would impede the research. In this regard, other research categories funded by the National Institute of Health shall not be funded by the Institute." (Source: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act)

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Last Modified July 6, 2004

 

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