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Scientists Eulogize Center—And Prepare for Stiff Competition

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Science  16 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5989, pp. 265
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.265

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The death knell has rung for the Australian Stem Cell Centre (ASCC). Without fanfare, the Australian government has omitted the embattled outfit from its 2011 budget, which will force ASCC to close next June. The center's federally funded budget of $9.7 million per year will be replaced with two programs that together will spend about $3 million a year on stem cell projects. The moves will hamper Australia's ability to compete in a hot research field, some scientists claim.