Billion Dollar Proposals All Over

Politicians trying to get elected are pretty free and easy with future public money; government always means bribes and corruption some sort, but for some reason buying votes isn't usually seen as such. In any case, following Spitzer's recent announcement in New York (and the 2005 precedents elsewhere in the country), here we have another billion dollars proposed for stem cell research: "Gabrieli will outline his plan Thursday for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. The proposal calls for the state to borrow 100 million dollars a year over ten years. The money will go into a fund that would provide grants to scientists selected by a board of experts." It seems clear that research infrastructure for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering will continue to grow - hopefully as little as possible will be of the inefficient, regulated, steered-by-the-ignorant public variety.



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