Thursday, May 29, 2014

California Stem Cell Researcher Recruitment Program Narrowly Survives

LA JOLLA, Ca. -- Directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency this morning rejected an attempt to reject proposals to spend $16.2  million to recruit star scientists to the Golden State.

The move failed on a 4-5 vote on the 29-member board. Most members of the board were disqualified because of conflicts of interests. The major beneficiaries of the program all have representatives on the CIRM.

Names of the researchers and the recruiting institutions were not disclosed.

The motion was made by Francisco Prieto and seconded by Steve Juelsgaard. Prieto said the grants are "not the best place to for the (agency) to put its money right now."

The discussion of the matter is continuing following the vote.

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