May 6, 2012 11:09 AM by Matt Stafford
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Almost halfway through a $600 million state program supporting stem cell research, eight medical schools around New York are reporting progress on projects such as replicating liver cells and eradicating leukemia cells.
A new report from Associated Medical Schools of New York updates work at the institutions where hundreds of researchers are starting to unravel causes and potential treatments for conditions ranging from autism to heart disease.
The Empire State Stem Cell Program was intended to fund projects in early stages, including those that initially have been unable to get federal or private funding.
The 11-year program has awarded nearly $223 million since 2008, with $44.8 million in this year's state budget. Grants have also been used for capital projects like renovating labs and establishing new research centers.