Stem Cell Research gets the Green Light

President Obama today, signed an executive order revoking Executive Order 13435, signed by then President George W. Bush on June, 20, 2007, as well as his presidential statement of August 9, 2001. These Bush directives limited federal funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells stating he was concerned about “fundamental questions about the beginnings of life and the ends of science.”

The most immediate effect of this executive order will allow federally funded researchers to use hundreds of new embryonic stem cell lines for promising research in hopes of creating better treatments, possibly even cures, for various health conditions. The scientific community are elated since many felt that the Bush administration had censored and marginalized science.

Promoting science “is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient — especially when it’s inconvenient,” Obama said.

The president, however, stressed that funding research involving human cloning is not on the horizon. According to Pres. Obama, human cloning “is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society or any society.”

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