Connecticut To Fund Stem Cell Research

An article at expects the Connecticut legislature to follow through with a plan for public funding of stem cell research: "On a 31-3 vote, the Senate approved spending $100 million over 10 years to fund the research, which scientists believe could hold the key to curing diseases such as juvenile diabetes and Alzheimer's. Eighty percent of the funding would come from the state's share of the national settlement with tobacco companies. ... The bill now goes to the state House, where it has the support of the speaker. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell applauded the Senate action. 'I would be proud to sign the bill when it reaches my desk.'" It is plausible that present battles over much larger sums of money will make it easier to pass more modest funding legislation.



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