Obama Set to Reverse Bush’s Stem-Cell Restrictions

Saturday, March 7, 2009

With a single executive action by President Obama, American scientific research is set to join the 21st century — already nearly a decade late.

On Monday, President Obama will announce he is reversing the Bush administration limits on Federal financing for embryonic stem cell research as part of a pledge to separate science and politics, White House officials said Friday.

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama said he was in favor of stem cell research, so his intention to remove the restrictions put in place by former President George Bush is confirmation of his commitment to evolving 21st century science and the medical applications to treat and even prevent a myriad of diseases and conditions.

Embryonic stem cells are capable of developing into any type of cell in the body and scientists believe that they may one day be able to provide tissues to replace worn-out organs or nonfunctioning cells and, thus, offer powerful new treatments for everything from diabetes, to heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV. Some researchers say the stem cells may even be used someday to treat catastrophic injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries.

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6 Responses to Obama Set to Reverse Bush’s Stem-Cell Restrictions

  1. panasit (the Original) says:

    The American people are well served by this action from President Obama.

    Beyond the much needed treatments for a host of conditions causing grave human suffering, stem cell research will also create jobs at a time of historic unemployment in the USA.

    I applaud President Obama for moving America into the 21st century.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Obama is changing so many things and he hasn’t even been in office for two months yet. The move forward on stem cells has a personal meaning for me. As many of you know, my father is a cancer survivor but always in the back of his mind, he worries it could return. There are so many potential uses for stem cells. Cancer, among them. I am so pleased about this announcement.

  3. Stem Cell research has been stymied for years in this country just because Bush was pandering to the right.

    People in this country once again have died because a rethug was in office, Bush was just the same as Regan. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    Thinking if he could pretend long enough that people were not dying he just might get a pass. In the meantime our scientists are getting their asses kicked by the fereners (foreigners, for the enlightened).

  4. feminazi says:

    Thank you, President Obama. I remember reading that American scientists and biologists who work in stem cell research were being forced to relocate to foreign countries to work because there was no research being carried out in the U.S. during the time Bush was in the White House. We have a lot of catching up to do to be even with Italy and South Korea.

  5. Gleneagle says:

    I really like the fact that Obama keeps erasing any reminder of the past years.

    It’s almost as though Bush was never even there. If it weren’t for the Great Recession, you could say this.

  6. Another step in the right direction. Stem cell research opens so many doors, hopefully many of them lead to cures to once incurable diseases.

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