WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama today is lifting his
predecessor's limits on funding stem cell research.
President George W. Bush limited taxpayer money for stem cell
research to a small number of stem cell lines that were created
before Aug. 9, 2001.
Scientists say Obama's move to lift the limit on federal funding
will boost work that could lead to breakthroughs on treating
Alzheimers, Parkinson's and spinal cord damage.
Though most research uses spare fertility clinic embryos already
destined for disposal, critics say it's still wrong for taxpayers
to subsidize the destruction of human life.
Obama's announcement today will include a broad declaration that
science -- not political ideology -- will guide his administration.