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In the early 2000s, some states such as New Jersey legalized cloning and others, following the lead of California, began state funding of embryonic and adult stem cell research. Oregon was not among these. Nor was it among the 10 or so states that by 2006 banned or restricted embryonic stem cell research. Oregon attempted in 2007 and 2009 to fund stem cell research but failed both times. Most recently, in 2012, an attempt to put a “right to life” amendment on the ballot failed after opponents challenged seeming ambiguities in its language. Although Oregon has neither authorized nor banned nor funded stem cell research, the state is home to a major research facility, the Oregon Stem Cell Center.

Established in 2004, the Oregon Stem ...

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