A California state political oversight commission has agreed to investigate a conflict of interest complaint filed against a board member at the state's stem cell agency. California's Fair Political Practices Commission said yesterday (Dec 10) that it will look into an linkurl:incident;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53971/ involving John Reed, a member of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine's (CIRM) governing board and CEO of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla. In August, Reed violated CIRM conflict of interest rules by writing a letter to a CIRM staff member seeking to overturn a decision not to award a grant to a Burnham researcher. A spokesperson for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) told __The Scientist__ that "the commission is moving forward with an investigation," but would not comment more specifically on the investigation. He did say that when FPPC investigations determine wrongdoing, fines may be levied against the guilty parties. The Foundation...

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