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Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1901
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5756.1901e

Out of state. Political opposition to human embryonic stem (ES) cell research in Missouri has produced a windfall for Harvard University developmental biologist Kevin Eggan. It comes as a 5-year, $6 million grant from Jim and Virginia Stowers, founders of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) in Kansas City, that will be channeled through the newly incorporated Stowers Medical Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Eggan is the first university researcher to receive funding from the Stowers, whose previous gift of $2 billion has been used only at SIMR. Some Missouri legislators want to outlaw research on ES cells and somatic cell nuclear transfer, and SIMR officials hope that Eggan's grant will help persuade Missouri residents to support a constitutional amendment to protect such research. Eggan says the money will go toward his work on human ES cells, including efforts to create new cell lines using nuclear transfer.

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