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Stem cell banks to share

WORCESTER - The East China Stem Cell Bank at Tongji University in Shanghai has agreed to collaborate and share stem cells with the Massachusetts Human Stem Cell Bank and International Stem Cell Registry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The agreement increases the size and global reach of the stem cell bank, adds new information to the registry and clears the way for collaboration on education and training of stem cell workers, the university reported.

"China is a major force in biomedical research," said Gary S. Stein, interim director of the UMass Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

The Massachusetts stem cell bank and registry are based at UMass facilities in Shrewsbury and funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an agency that handles the state's investment in life sciences entities.

$101M released for jobs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Labor Department yesterday released $101 million to help states provide job training and assistance to workers who lose their jobs for trade-related reasons, including $3.5 million for Massachusetts.

The new money brings total allocations for assistance in Massachusetts to $6.2 million for the 2009 fiscal year, the Labor Department said in a news release.

New ginger beer coming

WORCESTER - Polar Beverages and Gosling's Rum of Bermuda have agreed to create, package and distribute a new ginger beer soft drink, Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer, the companies announced yesterday. The beverage, which will be sold in 12-ounce cans, has been in development for more than a year.

"Our objective was to create a ginger beer that, when paired with our award-winning Black Seal Rum, would produce the absolute perfect dark 'n stormy," Malcolm Gosling, seventh-generation president of rum maker Gosling's Export Ltd., said in a press release.

Animal care award given

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Port Authority reported it recently presented a "Logan Stars" award to Worcester native Brian O'Connor, manager of rescue services with the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Mr. O'Connor helped set up a plan to prevent animals from escaping their cages while traveling through Logan International Airport and to provide them with emergency medical care.

Mr. O'Connor attended South High Community School in Worcester and Becker College in Leicester. He lives in Charlestown.

Steering without bailout

WORCESTER - Assumption College will hold a free program on navigating the downturn without a bailout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30.

Robert Leahy, author of "The Worry Cure," will speak on "Financial Anxieties: Steps for Coping with Your Worries."

The event will be held in the college's Kennedy Hall. To register for Stimulus 101, make an appointment for a free resume evaluation or visit or call (508) 767-7246 by May 15.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:May 9, 2009
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