THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT of Health aims to make the state of Connecticut an “international center of excellence for stem cell research.” On June 15, 2005, the Connecticut General Assembly approved Public Act 05–149 entitled “An Act Permitting Stem Cell Research and Banning the Cloning of Human Beings.”

The act was signed by Governor M. Jodi Rell and incorporated into Connecticut law. This act made Connecticut the third U.S. state to publicly support stem cell research, budgeting $20 million for embryonic or human adult stem cell research for the fiscal year of 2007–2008. It earned Connecticut the nickname Stem Cell Central, given by the New York Times in a major article reporting on the act.

The first call for research proposals received 70 applications from Connecticut researchers and ...

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