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UCDMC plans to open stem cell research center
Outcome of Prop. 71 lawsuit to determine center's funding
Allie Shilin
Posted: 11/3/06
The UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento is in the pre-planning stages for its new $75 million stem cell research facility. The 1,000-square foot renovation of a vacant building on Stockton Boulevard near UCDMC is one of three UC Davis-sponsored facilities investing in stem cell regeneration.

Established under the title Center for Regenerative Science and Therapies, the sterile laboratory will partner with a second on-campus lab and the California National Primate Research Center, also located on campus. The purpose of the facility is to research the replacement of damaged tissues or body parts with new ones derived from stem cells to attempt to cure a broad range of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Parkinson's disease and AIDS.

In an effort to avoid federal funding restrictions, the newly designed testing and manufacturing laboratory will be funded by the university. The UC Board of Regents has yet to approve the initial construction fee of $22 million. The planning commission will present designs to the regents this month.

Once construction begins,"

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