Although Vermont does not support stem cell research with state funds, there is a good deal of progress being made in the field by academicians and private researchers. When Congress attempted to loosen restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research in 2006, both of Vermont’s senators, Democrat Patrick Leahy and Independent James Jeffords, supported the bill. The largest research institution in the state is the University of Vermont (UVM), a small liberal arts college located in Burlington on Lake Champlain. The location is ideal for stem cell researchers, who have easy access to other researchers and resources in both Boston and Montreal. Stem cell research at UVM is concentrated in the College of Medicine, where 454 medical students are receiving training.

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