IN APRIL 2005, a Nevada university, along with one in Pennsylvania, began discussing the opening of a new medical center in Las Vegas that would incorporate stem cell biology with organ transplants. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSM) proposed to establish the joint academic medical center in downtown Las Vegas at Union Park. Faculty would come from both universities; however, although the UNSM would profit both financially and intellectually from the new medical center, most of the financial backing would come from UPMC.

On July 18, 2006, the U.S. Senate convened to vote on a proposed bill (H.R.810) that would amend the Public Health Service Act and provide federal funding for research on human embryonic stem ...

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