The stem cell program at the US National Institutes of Health is facing an uncertain future, Nature reports. The director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mahendra Rao, left at the end of March and, at the time the Nature piece was written, the center's website had been taken down. The website now says that the center is at a "transition point."

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