President Obama Drops Stem Cell Ban

Reversing an eight-year-old limit on potentially life-saving science, President Barack Obama plans to lift restrictions Monday on taxpayer-funded research using embryonic stem cells.

The long-promised move will allow a rush of research aimed at one day better treating, if not curing, ailments from diabetes to paralysis — research that crosses partisan lines, backed by such notables asNancy Reagan and the late Christopher Reeve. But it stirs intense controversy over whether government crosses a moral line with such research.

Obama will hold an event at the White House to announce the move, a senior administration official said Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy had not yet been publicly announced.

Embryonic stem cells are master cells that can morph into any cell of the body. Scientists hope to harness them so they can create replacement tissues to treat a variety of diseases — such as new insulin-producing cells for diabetics, cells that could help those withParkinson’s disease or maybe even Alzheimer’s, or new nerve connections to restore movement after spinal injury.


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  1. Cecil Jones
    March 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Lifting the ban is easy, but there are greater moral questions this exposes President Obama to answering. Does he truly believe in God? Are the people who try these stem cells now victims of a government experiment gone totally wrong? Should they be compensated if these treatments don’t work? Are we going to be forced to compensate these families if they die as “Guinea Pigs?” Private testing and private funding was the only way. If you want to be one to take a giant leap for mankind, then be a hero…volunteer. What Government could test these advances on people without blinking an eye? Are we truly “Under God” and indivisible?

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