Posts Tagged 'stem cell research'

Obama Lifts Stem Cell Funding Ban

Obama has fulfilled his promise to lift a Bush-era ban on assigning federal funds to stem cell research, a move whic has predictably been applauded by many scientists and condemned by many people with no scientific qualifications whatsoever.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama this morning overturned a Bush administration ban on using federal funds for embryonic stem cell research and signed an order intended to restore “scientific integrity to government decision making.”

In a White House signing ceremony attended by some of the nation’s most prominent scientific and medical researchers as well as lawmakers who had worked to overturn the Bush-era ban, Obama said “the full promise of stem cell research remains unknown… . But scientists believe these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand, and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases and conditions.” (Source)

This represents a very good example of Obama’s attempts at keeping both sides of the fence happy. Although he’s unabashadly in support of stem cell research, it’s very obvious that he’s pre-emptively heading off the many, many right-wing commentators who represent stem cell research as a complete straw man. We’re often told that stem cell research is posited as a kind of miracle cure by those who want to…well, it’s never entirely clear what supposedly motivates hundreds of scientists to lie about stem cell research’s utility. Presumably, they just really like destroying embryos. Obama has been very careful to make sure that he doesn’t unwittingly give more ammo to right-wing pundits, which is a pretty sensible move on his part.

As for the funding itself, look forward to more politicians and religious leaders demanding instant results – and if any miraculous breakthroughs are forthcoming, sit tight and wait for the ‘Too little, too late’ spiel.