March 9, 2009 on AP
From Wired Science:
A strange and confused chapter in the history of American medical research ended Monday morning, when President Obama signed an executive order ending a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell lines that were developed after August 9, 2001.
The ban has been roundly denounced as hypocritical and destructive, stunting advances in one of the most exciting fields of medical research. Some restrictions will still apply, and whether research will provide much-anticipated cures is an open question — but at least the question will be answered by science, with the government's full weight behind it.
"This is a momentous occasion for anyone who believes in the pursuit of biomedical knowledge for the betterment of human health," said Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher George Daley. Read more