Prop 71 passed in California in 2004, authorizing funding for stem cell research in the golden state. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that by asking for grants, UCB has gotten a piece of that sweet sweet pie.

Two Berkeley researchers, Ellen Robey and David Raulet, have been granted about $1 million each to do their stem cellish research. The main goal behind their research is to figure out how to avoid rejection of stem cells.

Think of it like a nerd at a frat party (not that we’ve had any experience with that). You can dress up a nerd and teach them how to dance, but when they show up at the social gathering, the body of the party will know something is off, and more often than not that nerd will be rejected by the hosts.

Wow, that metaphor went all the way. But seriously guys, this is good news for science. And Berkeley. And, unfortunately, Stanford, which received four grants.

Aw hell, we can put aside our petty bickering for the betterment of society. Good luck, Stanford!

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