The organizations created to fund stem cell research in California announced
their first grants last week, despite the fact that the money is held up in
lawsuits. But are they rushing to further science or escape politics?
Last fall, voters approved a stem cell initiative, Proposition 71, by a
59-41 percent margin. Ten months later, the $3 billion in bonds voters
approved are tied up in lawsuits by Republican and anti-abortion groups who
oppose embryonic stem cell research.
Yet, in the long-run, the organizations created by Prop. 71–the Independent