The ballot initiative to require the state to spend $3 billion on stem cell research over the next 10 years applied only to California, but the practical effect has been to spur other states to find ways to keep their key researchers at home and prevent them from being lured away. The director of the American Society of Cell Biologists said the researchers he talks to want to move to take advantage of the largesse, but some states are considering their own funding sources for the research as an inducement for their scientists to stay where they are.

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