Yep, President Obama went through with it as expected. Yesterday he reversed the ban on stem cell research put in place by former president George W. Bush. Of course, it will still be a few years before any of the stem cell therapies we’ve been hearing about are ready for use due to the testing and safety requirements, but this is still a big step. I have a friend with a spinal injury who may benefit from the therapy in testing right now, and I have numerous relatives with diabetes (and a high likelihood of developing Type II later in life myself), so I am all for government regulated stem cell research. I specify that it should be government regulated because I too have heard the cautionary tales of mad scientists stealing embryos for evil plots – but really, is government regulation or even a ban going to stop a mad scientist? I doubt it.
Anyway, now that I have returned from that rabbit trail, I’ll just conclude by saying ‘Yea! A step forward for science in America! It’s about time!’