Rex Dalton,San DiegoThe California Institutes for Scienceand Innovation — four high-profileinterdisciplinary facilities built at acost of $400 million — are goingthrough a turbulent time just monthsbefore researchers move into the newbuildings.A bleak financial outlook, causedby fiscal difficulties at state level, iswidely believed to have contributed tothe departure of Marvin Cassman,head of one of the new facilities — theInstitute for Bioengineering,Biotechnology and QuantitativeBiomedical Research (QB3). Cassman,a former director of the US NationalInstitute of General Medical Scienceswho was appointed with much fanfarein 2002, quietly quit late last monthand did not respond to requests for aninterview.The institutes are designed to channelexpertise from across the University ofCalifornia (UC) campuses into scientificdiscoveries that will spur statewideeconomic development. They were to havehad an annual budget of at least $10 millioneach for operating costs. But California isgoing through a fiscal crisis. The proposedbudget for the next financial year, which willbe finalized by July, cuts $370 million fromthe total UC budget and hands the centresjust $1 million each.Because scientists at the institutes willfund their research through external grants,the researchers say they are confident
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