California's ability to grow its life-sciences sector will diminish depending on how much state funding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers agree to cut from the state's public education system, as well as from economic development incentives — including a tax break agreed to earlier this year but put on hold due to the state's wobbly finances, life science and education advocates agreed in interviews this week.

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