Report: Obama to Expand Federal Stem Cell Research
President Obama is expected to sign an executive order Monday ending the controversial ban on increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, The Washington Post reported this afternoon.
The move, long sought by scientists and patient advocates and opposed by religious groups, would enable the National Institutes of Health to consider requests from scientists to study hundreds of lines of cells that have been developed since the limitations were put in place — lines that scientists and patient advocate say hold great hope for leading to cures for a host of major ailments. [...]
President Bush imposed the restriction on Aug. 9, 2001, limiting federal funding to studies of what turned out to be 21 cell lines that were already in existence as of that date to prevent tax dollars from encouraging the destruction of more embryos.
This is the low-hanging fruit.