Calif. stem cell agency to change grant system

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governing board of California’s stem cell funding agency has voted to overhaul how it distributes scientific grants after critics raised concerns that too many board members represented schools that have won funding.

The final proposal is expected to be decided by a vote on March 13, and if accepted would bar California Institute for Regenerative Medicine board members associated with grant-eligible institutions from voting on where the money goes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 13 of the 29 board members are associated with schools that receive grants, which have raised concerns over conflicts of interest.

The vote follows a report by the Institute of Medicine that found the agency should restructure its system for distributing grants.

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