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Stem Cell Agency 'Disclosure' Makes Mockery of Claims of Openness and Transparency
Date:12/14/2007

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"Stem cell board Chairman Robert Klein continually pays lip service to transparency. If he truly believes in the concept, he must move those board members and CIRM staff who come from a secretive scientific culture to understand what is required for good public policy," said Simpson. "The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is not a private club or foundation. It's a state agency doing the public's business and needs to be run that way."

Proposition 71, passed by 59 percent of Californians in 2004, created the stem cell institute. FTCR's Stem Cell Oversight and Accountability Project is working to ensure that California's landmark stem cell research program offers accessible and affordable cures and treatments to the taxpayers who have funded it. The program will award $3 billion in grants over a decade. Bond financing charges mean the project, the largest source of stem cell research funding in the world, will cost California taxpayers $6 billion.

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is California's leading non-profit and non-partisan consumer watchdog group. For more information visit us on the web at: http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org.


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