The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) linkurl:announced; today that it is eliminating ten grant applications from consideration to avoid breaking its conflict of interest rules regarding grant applications and accompanying letters of support. "CIRM has opted to act conservatively by refraining from considering these applications," the release said, "and the agency will take steps to clarify future requirements for institutional letters of commitment." According to an article in today's __San Francisco Chronicle__, deans at four California universities apparently breached CIRM's conflict of interest rules by submitting letters of support with CIRM grant applications from their respective schools. CIRM did not identify the institutions, which are vying for a cut of $85 million in new faculty awards. This incident follows a previous linkurl:conflict; involving board member and Burnham Institute of Medical Research CEO John Reed. Deans at the University of California, San Francisco, UCLA, the University of Southern California, and...

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