The President will reportedly reverse limitations on stem cell research.
Wired PR News – President Barack Obama reportedly plans to lift restrictions placed on stem cell research imposed by the Bush Administration eight years ago. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Obama will on Monday reverse limitations on embryonic stem cell research that is funded by taxpayers, according to an official.
Sean Morrison, who directs the Center for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Michigan, is quoted in the report as stating, “America’s biomedical research enterprise experienced steady decline over the past eight years, with shrinking budgets and policies that elevated ideology over science. This slowed the pace of discovery and the search for cures.”
The move is in line with promises made by Obama during his presidential campaign. The president is quoted by the AP as having stated during that time, “I strongly support expanding research on stem cells. I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations,” promising to list bans and “ensure that all research on stem cells is conducted ethically and with rigorous oversight.”