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CIRM Governing Board Delays Decision on Vice Chairman; Roth Cites Qualifications

The governing board for California's stem cell agency will not vote for a new vice chairman this week as previously expected. Citing conflict among the schedules of members, the governance subcommittee of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee postponed a Jan. 23 meeting to discuss the issue — effectively precluding action by the full ICOC board.

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