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Stem cells in New Jersey

Governor's resignation casts question over funding's future; officials say work will go on

Alison McCook(abmccook@yahoo.com)

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey's decision earlier this month to resign effective November 15 after admitting he had an extramarital affair is calling into question the future of his recent decision to use state funds to create a new stem cell institute, but government spokespeople say the institute will move forward as planned.

The New Jersey Institute for Stem Cell Research would be a joint project of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Rutgers University. The budget earmarks $6.5 million in state funds to be the included in a $10 million public/private stem cell fund, which will be used to attract top researchers from around the world. An additional $50 million in public and private funds would be used to support the institute over the following 5 years.

"Now, all of this is under question," David Beck, president of the Coriell Institute for...

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