Californians divided on stem cell research measure

Californians have taken to social media to voice their concerns or support for Proposition 14, which would allow the state to issue $5.5 billion in general obligation bonds, mainly to fund stem cell  research.

Proponents include Jan Nolta, the director of University of California Davis Health’s Stem Cell Program and Gene Therapy Center.

Some supporters are California residents with friends or family members who are ill and have seen some positive results from stem cell research.

The expense is one of the biggest problems, according to opponents. The measure could end up costing the state an estimated $260 million per year, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Other opponents worry about the animal testing that is involved in some stem cell research.

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