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The primary goal is to reach students before "life gets in the way" of their educational pursuits.\n California's was the biggest and one of the first such state initiatives in the wake of the Dickey- Wicker federal appropriations ban and President Bush's August 2001 Executive Order permitting but hemming in federal funding. The research program was clearly specified in the constitutional amendment but was nonetheless blocked at several turns by the governor and the speaker of the State Assembly, challenges resolved only by the California Supreme Court. Should Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) race to match California, Massachusetts, Hong Kong, Israel, Korea, and other jurisdictions that have generously funded stem cell research? NIH merit review awards funds according to scientific opportunity and health need.

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