The Wisconsin Technology Network provides an update on proposals for a Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and state funding for stem cell research. "The response has been less than overwhelming to Governor Jim Doyle's proposal to invest nearly $750 million in public and private money in Wisconsin's biotechnology future. Budget-conscious members of the Legislature have choked on the price tag, opponents of stem-cell research have once again protested, and Milwaukee politicians have asked if they're being shortchanged in favor of Madison. ... Even though human embryonic stem-cell research was pioneered at UW-Madison, California's new Institutes for Regenerative Medicine could seize the advantage within a matter of years."