Statement On Executive Order Lifting Bush Restrictions on Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research
"Today those people struggling with debilitating illness and injuries and their families saw a new ray of hope. With a stroke of the pen, President Obama lifted restrictions on funding embryonic stem cell research imposed by President George W. Bush. This revolutionary research, pioneered by Dr. James Thomson and his colleagues on the UW-Madison campus, holds tremendous promise for treating people with spinal cord injuries, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other serious medical conditions. This executive order also restores science to the independent status it deserves and requires - free from political interference. I was honored to be at the White House with Dr. Thomson and other UW-Madison scientists as we begin this new era in medical research."