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At Last! Restrictions on Stem Cell Research Lifted

“Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident,” said President Obama, as he signed an executive order lifting the ban on federally funded embryonic stem cell research. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is celebrating President Obama’s new policy. They recently released this statement by Mary Tyler Moore, the International Chairman of the JDRF: 

“As someone who has had type 1 diabetes for far too many years now, I’m grateful to President Obama for setting in place a policy to fully explore this promising field of science.  The President’s executive order is a strong signal to patients, scientists, and the nation that we have the government’s full support to pursue ethical research that may accelerate progress to new treatments and possible cures for diabetes.”

“We’re very grateful to President Obama for setting in place a policy to fully explore this promising field of science,” said new JDRF President and CEO Dr. Alan Lewis in a press release. “President Obama’s executive order is a strong signal to patients, scientists, and the nation that we have his full support to pursue science that may accelerate progress to new treatments and possible cures for diabetes.”

Stem cell research has long been a social and ethical lightning rod. Former President George W. Bush limited federal spending for embryonic stem cell research to a small number of cell lines created before August 9, 2001. Researchers, who say that many of those early cell lines have major drawbacks, were nevertheless forced to use them in order to receive federal dollars. It is hoped that their research with embryonic stem cells, which have the potential to turn into any cell in the human body, will eventually lead to better treatments and possible cures for diseases like diabetes. 

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