Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Lowering of Expectations

The interim president of the California stem cell agency has injected a touch of reality into the business of research funding.

According to reporter Laura Mecoy of The Sacramento Bee, “The state probably won't issue its first stem cell grants until the fall, nearly four months after its initial plans to begin giving out money in May, the program's interim president said Tuesday.

“In a conference call with reporters, Zach Hall said the May deadline was an 'early hope' that didn't include the time needed to adopt grant guidelines and appoint a committee to review the grant applications.” Mecoy wrote.

Megan Garvey of the Los Angeles Times emphasized another angle having to do with the need to create regional stem cell research facilities. That tied into UCLA's announcement it will spend $20 million creating a new stem cell research facility.

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