Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stem Cell Research Resumed

On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. The order essentially allows federal funds to be used for stem cell research, an area of study that was previously financed solely by private funding. According to the legislation, “the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research, to the extent permitted by law.”

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) created a set of guidelines for the upcoming human stem cell research. Already in effect, these standards should serve to advance the field of biomedical research and provide a reason for federal funding of stem cell research to continue indefinitely.

The National MS Society is looking forward to the potential positive outcomes of this research and will continue to keep you updated on its progress.
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