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CA and MD Scientists Expected To Sign Stem Cell Research Collaboration Agreement

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Scientists from Maryland and California are expected to sign a stem cell research collaboration agreement at a conference in Baltimore today. The vision is to create a Dream Team of scientists that could accelerate stem cell research Researchers in Maryland would be able to dip into the deeper funding pockets of California. The Golden State would gain the expertise of scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

Doctor Curt Civin runs the Stem Cell Center at the University of Maryland. "It's not about grants, its not about jobs its not about elegant discoveries. It's about curing people, that's what we're all trying to do."

Civin expects this week's conference to yield new discoveries around the use of skin cells, which can be reprogrammed into cells with the same properties as embryonic stem cells.

The Summit on Stem Cell research is open to the public from 9 to noon today at the Baltimore Convention Center just west of the Inner Harbor.

Cathy Duchamp reports....

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

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