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    Seventeen University Presidents Urge New York State to Fund Stem Cell Research

    http://www.rochesterdandc.com/apps/p...0304/1002/NEWS

    UR, RIT make a case for stem cell funding

    Lauren Stanforth
    Staff writer

    (February 9, 2006) — The University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology are among the 17 institutions in New York that have collaborated on a report asking state legislators to fund embryonic stem cell research.

    The 44-page report released Wednesday, "New York and Stem Cell Research: A Scientific, Policy and Economic Analysis," says New York could lose billions of dollars' worth of biotechnology companies and health-care savings if it does not put money toward embryonic stem cell research — which someday might cure diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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    The report says New York's people and economy cannot afford to let other states take the lead in investigating cures. Biomedical research and biotechnology is a $48 billion industry in New York. And the state already spends $94 billion on health care every year — a large portion of which goes to treat those with chronic illnesses, the report said.

    "This is an industry that can grow, and it's exactly what we should be focused on in terms of building a stronger New York," said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. UR has 18 stem cell researchers currently working with animal and adult tissue and 200 other employees connected to the research.

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    The state Assembly passed a bill in January that calls for funding a state institute for stem cell research with $300 million over two years. But the Senate has not yet addressed the topic.

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    A representative from Gov. George Pataki's press office could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but state Health Commissioner Dr. Antonia Novello said Tuesday that the Pataki administration is solely focused on funding stem cell research on umbilical cord blood, considered adult stem cell research. Pataki has added $250,000 in his budget for a cord blood center at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

    Meanwhile, groups such as the New York State Catholic Conference have been lobbying state senators against funding embryonic research.

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    http://www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp...p;nav=2aKDOjOJ
    University presidents push Legislature for stem cell research fund

    ALBANY, N.Y. Senate and Assembly leaders agreed today to support a move by 17 university presidents and chancellors to create a stem cell research fund in New York -- potentially leading to medical and economic payoffs.
    But how much support the state might provide remains unknown and continues to be the subject of state budget negotiations.

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