Illinois funds $10M in stem cell research

April 25, 2006

The state of Illinois is funding $10 million in controversial stem cell research involving heart disease, cancer and other serious diseases.

But continued funding is in doubt, with legislative critics planning to block Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to spend $100 million during a five-year period, The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

The money is to finance research aimed at using stem cells to remedy such ills as diabetes, heart disease, and spinal cord injuries. The U.S. government has banned the use of federal money for such research using embryonic stem cells, which would be covered by the state funding.

If the Illinois Legislature balks at funding, as it previously did, Blagojevich indicated he might try another route.

"If there are other ways to do it unilaterally, I will do it," Blagojevich told reporters Monday.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Researchers advance mobile augmented reality technology

Related Stories

Researchers advance mobile augmented reality technology

June 17, 2015

Anyone who has seen a spy movie remembers their favorite agent donning special eyewear or using a device to scan surrounding objects and extract information about them. Once an action movie fantasy, augmented reality technology ...

Recommended for you

Mapping the protein universe

October 9, 2015

To understand how life works, figure out the proteins first. DNA is the architect of life, but proteins are the workhorses. After proteins are built using DNA blueprints, they are constantly at work breaking down and building ...

Mexican site yields new details of sacrifice of Spaniards

October 9, 2015

Excavations at the site of one of the Spanish conquistadors' worst defeats in Mexico are yielding new evidence about what happened when the two cultures clashed—and a native people, at least temporarily, was in control.


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.