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NPR ran a story last week about the growing contest between California cities vying for stem cell research business. Communities struggling a bit in a post-dotcom world like San Jose are hoping that an infusion of biotech dollars will revitalize their economies.

Well, Los Angeles is in that hunt as well. Both the downtown business community and UCLA have stepped up their efforts to have stem cell dollars spent in their areas. UCLA is considering plans for a new stem cell research institute on campus while the city and businessman Jim Thomas has offered 17,000 square feet of office space in City National Plaza to serve as the new headquarters of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

There seems to be a lot of those research dollars available so we can only hope that every part of the state gets a little taste of the new science money.