Monday, March 09, 2009

2001 ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cells was lifted today

At 12pm, President Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban of federal funding for embryonic stem cells. In his speech, he pointed out the fact that science serves humanity but also that science in itself is an exercise of freedom (i.e., science is free inquiry).

...promoting science isn't just about providing resources – it is also about protecting free and open inquiry.

He also indicated that the White House is committed to scientific integrity and to policy based on sound science rather than on ideology.
It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda – and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.

This is very important. Yet, research with embryos is not entirely free under US policy. the Dickey Amendment, passed by United States Congress in 1995 and signed by former President Bill Clinton, prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from using appropriated funds for the creation of human embryos for research purposes or for research in which human embryos are destroyed.

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