MOHELA Research Funding Has Strings

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:10:15 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

Although money from the sale would help build new facilites for University of Missouri researchers, it limits how people can or cannot use those facilities. It would bar research linked to abortion and human cloning.

Kaushik Deb's been doing research at MU for a year and a half.

"It's been great for me," he said.

Deb is one of about 200 researchers in the Life Sciences Center.

He says new facilities could be great, and Deb is not alone.

"We're very excited about the governor's plan to give us a massive infusion of much-needed funds for buildings," said Joe Moore, spokesman for the UM system.

But, the university doesn't want the proposed research limits and neither do some lawmakers.

"We're building new buildings so we can do the research of the future," said Democratic Sen. Joan Bray of St. Louis, "and that statute limits that research."

But, supporters of the bill said they used wording from a law Missouri passed three years ago.

"I think putting that language in this legislation makes sense, and should satisfy everybody," responded Republican Sen. Michael Gibbons of Kirkwood. "If somebody wants to come to Missouri to clone people, well, we don't want them here."

Bray disagreed.

"I think it's really not what Missouri should be doing, if we want to be on the forefront of research," she said.

The proposed plan would give the University of Missouri four-campus system about $450 million, with $300 mllion of that for capital improvements including new research facilities.

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