Funding proposed for stem cell research

By Chad Hamblin

Under a plan proposed by state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, Minnesotans' tax dollars could soon be used to pay for stem cell research at the University.

Kahn said she plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming

legislative session that would allow state money to pay for the University's stem cell research, including work on embryonic stem cells. The bill, co-authored by Kahn and several other Democratic representatives, is largely similar to the one she introduced last year.

Kahn said the bill faced Republican opposition last time, but now she hopes party lines won't get in the way.