Obama lifts Bush restrictions on stem cell research
According to a report by USA Today, President Obama will sign an executive order on Monday that will allow human embryonic stem cell research and will separate the political and scientific spheres in the nation.
Obama's plan is a reversal of former President George Bush's limits on federally funded stem cell research.
"We've got eight years of science to make up for," said Dr. Curt Civin, director of the University of Maryland Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
Bush decided in 2001 to limit federal funds to the research of 21 lines of stem cell colonies.
Obama's reversal will allow that scientists to use hundreds of lines that will be used towards finding more cures of diabetes and Parkinsons.
Member of Obama's Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes, said The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will isolate federal science advisers to be free from political interference.
However, a report in The Star Tribune said that many restrictive state policies will still regulate, ban, and restrict stem cell research. Though sociologist Hasaon Owen-Smith believes lifting federal policies will still bring many opportunities to scientists.
"Lifting federal restrictions will allow already active researchers to switch their efforts to newer cell lines or to start work on cell lines from multiple sources," said Sociologist Jason Owen-Smith of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.