Stem-cell research seen as California boon, but electorate split

The California ballot's stem-cell funding proposition, which has the electorate split, could serve as the basis for a $6 billion to $12 billion economic boost to the state, far outweighing the initial $3 billion in state spending called for by Proposition 71. Beyond the economic gains, a study projects the investment could eventually lead the state to become a research center for cures for all sorts of diseases some researchers believe could be tackled with more research into stem cells. But the electorate appears divided over the issue, with half supporting the proposition and the other half either opposed or undecided, according to a recent poll.

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