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The promise seemed immeasurable -- a science that could not only defeat some of the most deadly human diseases but also rebuild a teetering state economy.
But four years after voters paved the way for embryonic stem cell research in Michigan, the promise of a new day in life sciences, and in particular, regenerative medicine -- the field fueled by stem cell research -- remains largely unfulfilled because of a lack of funding from private investors and the state.
Meanwhile, other states -- from California, which sets aside $300 million a year for stem cell research, to Ohio, which has focused millions of dollars in economic development funds on similar research -- are pulling ahead in the field, economic development experts and researchers say.
For the full article, see Robin Erb, "Stem cells' promise hits funding wall in Michigan", Detroit Free Press, November 18, 2012.
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