Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Nature's Niche Discusses CIRM Finances

The Niche -- Nature magazine's blog on stem cell issues -- carried a summary this week of CIRM financial matters.

Monya Baker linked to a number of stories, including those on this blog, and commented on the national picture as well. She said,
"The irony about President Obama’s election is that even if the financial crisis is stemmed, scientists studying pluripotent stem cells (both reprogrammed and embryonic) may soon feel like they have less money rather than more. If the NIH budget does not increase, but interest in stem cells continues to, expect more scientists to be chasing the same amount of money and the already low, low funding rate to go down. Meanwhile, the ability and incentives for donors to put up funds for stem-cell research will decrease."
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