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President reverses federal ban on stem cell funding

Researchers will now have access to embryonic cells for studying diseases including diabetes, heart ailments and Parkinson’s

On the morning of March 9, President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting a ban enacted by the Bush administration on federal funding for research that uses embryonic stem cells. Indeed, “We will vigorously support scientists who pursue this research,” the president said at the White House signing ceremony. “And we will aim for America to lead the world in the discoveries it may yield.”

The cells at issue come from embryos that are less than a week old (SN: 9/13/08, p. 16). These undifferentiated cells can morph into any type the body (or research) may need (SN: 9/13/08, p. 17).

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