New Stem Cell Fund Raises Hackles

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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 517
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.517

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A tidy sum of money gift-wrapped for stem cell research has sparked recriminations and soul-searching in Sweden, a country at the vanguard of the hot young field. Several prominent scientists have charged that a new 75 million Swedish kronor ($8.1 million) stem cell fund has subverted the country's rigorous peer-review process by awarding large amounts of money to teams with sparse track records that have jumped on the stem cell bandwagon.