Maryland’s stem-cell research program may not face the financial setback it had been expecting in the coming fiscal year after the state’s lower house last week proposed a budget that would at least triple what the upper house had proposed, and opened the door for using lottery receipts to keep funding at current levels.
 
The House of Delegates proposal includes $15 million for the stem-cell program in its version of the budget for FY 2009, compared with $5 million approved by the state Senate earlier this month.

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