UC Merced gets $4M for campus stem cell project

March 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The University of California-Merced will be getting a boost from President Barack Obama's lift of the ban on embryonic stem cell research. University officials announced plans Monday to update the school's Science and Engineering Building for researchers who will examine stem cells at the single-cell level.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created by voters in 2005, is giving the school $4 million toward the $6 million project.

UC Merced researchers plan to focus on what causes stem cells to differentiate into other types of cells.

Construction could begin in October and research could begin a year later.

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Information from: Merced Sun-Star, http://www.mercedsun-star.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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