The Monterey Herald reports that research institutions in California are off to a quick start in the competition for state funding authorized by Proposition 71. It is likely to take six months or more for anything to happen at the government level, but preparations are underway. The article emphasises the importance of therapeutic cloning - a technology still under threat of criminalization - to research into curing age-related disease. "There are many human diseases, like Alzheimer's or Lou Gehrig's, that are genetic diseases. We are even honing in on some of the genes that might be involved." But without therapeutic cloning, "We don't understand how the disease develops and how to go in the direction to find cures for those diseases."