Four research institutes are discussing plans to request Proposition 71 funds from the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine to build a facility for human embryonic stem cell research, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports (Somers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/9). State voters approved Proposition 71 in November 2004 to fund stem cell research (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 2/14). According to the Union-Tribune, embryonic stem cell research is supposed to be given priority when dispensing grants. Under the agreement, the four institutes -- the University of California-San Diego, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, the Scripps Research Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- would not seek individual grants from the state, but together would fund, build and operate the facility. According to the Union-Tribune, a new facility is important because of federal restrictions that bar human embryonic stem cell research from being conducted in facilities that receive federal funds (San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/9). President Bush on Aug. 9, 2001, announced a policy that allows federal funding for embryonic stem cell research only when it uses stem cell lines created on or before that date (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 3/8). The project is the first of its kind to be proposed in California, according to the Union-Tribune (San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/9).

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