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A member of the elite Ivy League schools, Princeton University was established in 1896, making it the fourth-oldest American university. By 2014, Princeton employed more than 1,100 faculty members and had 5,200 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students. Researchers at Princeton have been involved in stem cell research since the early 1980s. Under the administration of Democrat Jon Corzine, governor of New Jersey from 2006 to 2010, the state determined to become a national leader in stem cell research.

When President George W. Bush blocked federal funding for most stem cell research in 2001, New Jersey filled the gap for its own researchers by awarding state funds. In November 2007, New Jersey voters were asked to support a bond measure that would have awarded $450 million for ...

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