With final numbers still being tabulated, Californians appear to have voted in favor of Proposition 71, a ballot issue to require the state to float $3 billion in bonds to support stem cell research. According to exit polls, the issue was widely popular among the state's voters. Proponents said the expenditure would make the state a magnet for biotech research and would bypass federal restrictions on funding research involving embryonic stem cells; California will be essential for stem cell research, said the director of stem-cell transplantation at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Southern California.

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