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Embryonic Stem Cell Research ban being lifted after almost (8) year restriction

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
Obama to Lift Ban on Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 6, 2009; 3:52 PM

President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.

Although the exact wording of the order has not been revealed, the White House plans an 11 a.m. ceremony to sign the order repealing one of the most controversial steps taken by his predecessor, fulfilling one of Obama's eagerly anticipated campaign promises.

The move, long sought by scientists and patient advocates and opposed by religious groups, would enable the National Institutes of Health to consider requests from scientists to study hundreds of lines of cells that have been developed since the limitations were put in place -- lines that scientists and patient advocate say hold great hope for leading to cures for a host of major ailments.

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