Monday, March 9, 2009

Obama All About the Stem Cells

Today, President Obama signed an executive order reversing the Bush-era ban on federally funding stem cell research beyond the sixty cell lines that existed at the time. He also granted greater autonomy to other federal science programs. In a statement, he said that the Bush administration presented a false choice between morality and science, and that the two are not mutually exclusive. Obama also expressed a bit of skepticism when it comes to the loftier claims of some stem cell research proponents, saying that its full benefits are currently unknown and shouldn’t be overstated to give people potentially false hope. Later, my head exploded from finally hearing rational, pro-science statements from someone in an elected position of power. The pieces flew all over the damn place, but a Magic Eraser got most of the stains out. My skull fragments are currently being held together with Crazy Glue, duct tape, and stem cells. More details here.

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