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CIRM Awards Seek to Move Cell Therapies to the Clinic

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Science  06 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5954, pp. 780-781
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_780a

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Five years after it launched, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) last week awarded its first disease-oriented grants—$230 million to 14 teams—intended to speed stem cell therapies to patients. In seeming contrast to its original mission, only about one-third of the 4-year grants involve research using embryonic stem (ES) cells. The state created CIRM largely to fund ES cell research, which was lagging because of Bush-era restrictions on the controversial technology.