While New York state legislators scramble to complete a budget to fund stem cell research by April 1, scientists and advocates continue to push for broad support for varying types of stem cell research.Within his first two months in office, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer presented an initial budget proposal slotting $1 billion over the next 10 years for stem cell research. A final version of the budget must be approved by the three power centers of New York -- the Governor's office, the State Assembly and Senate. A similar effort proved unsuccessful -- former New York Governor George Pataki proposed a $1 billion allocation of funding to support stem cell research for the 2006-2007 budget, but it was not passed by the State Senate. Although the details of the budget are ever-changing as the three bodies continue to hear testimony and recommendations from experts over the next week, those...

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