Thursday, May 29, 2014

California Spending $16.2 Million to Lure Stem Cell Scientists

LA JOLLA, Ca.  -- Directors of the California stem cell agency this morning approved $16.2 million to recruit three star researchers to UCLA, UC Berkeley and the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco.

The move came on a 6-2-1 vote by the 29-member board. Most of the directors were disqualified from voting because of conflicts of interest.

The recipients are Todd McDevitt of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is being recruited by Gladstone; Xavier Darzacq of the Ecole Normale Superlieure in Paris, who is being sought by UC Berkeley, and John Chute of Duke, who is being recruited by UCLA. Chute is the second researcher from Duke to be lured to California with the help of a CIRM grant.

Appeals by UC San Francisco and UC Davis were rejected by the board.

The vote on the awards followed an unsuccessful effort to scrap the entire recruitment program.

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