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Obama To Reverse Funding Ban On Stem Cell Work

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on March 7, 2009

[Originally posted at: NPR]

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order on Monday reversing restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The long-expected move is likely to stir up not only the promise of scientific breakthrough, but also the controversy over where government crosses a moral line.

Obama will hold an event at the White House to announce the move, a senior administration official said Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy had not yet been publicly announced.

Under President George W. Bush, federal money for research on human embryonic stems cells was limited to those stem cell lines that were created before Aug. 9, 2001. No federal dollars could be used on research with cell lines from embryos destroyed from that point forward.

Obama’s move is expected to lift that restriction. The official said the aim of the policy is to restore “scientific integrity” to the process.

[Read the rest of this post at: NPR]

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