Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Barack Obama on Stem Cell Research

Barack Obama on Stem Cell Research 
Tuesday, 02 September 2008

US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has spelled out his views on several main scientific issues, in responses to a science policy survey issued by research and science advocacy group ScienceDebate2008. Members of ScienceDebate2008 include Nobel laureates Peter Agre, David Baltimore, and Steve Chu, along with former science advisors to the president Neil Lane and John Gibbons. There are also university presidents, and the editors of both Science and Nature, among others. 

The Democratic presidential nominee provided lengthy answers to 14 questions on topics from climate change and national security to stem cell research and scientific integrity, voicing support for basic research and for confronting issues such as energy independence, combating global warming, and bolstering the economy through science and technology innovation. 

On stem cell research, he said: "I strongly support expanding research on stem cells. I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations. As president, I will lift the current administration's ban on federal funding of research on embryonic stem cell lines created after August 9, 2001 through executive order, and I will ensure that all research on stem cells is conducted ethically and with rigorous oversight." 

 On the benefits and potential risks of genetic information, he commented: "I have been a long-time supporter of the recently passed Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. In addition, concerned about the premature introduction of genetic testing into the public domain without appropriate oversight, I introduced the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act of 2007 aimed at ensuring the safety and accuracy of such testing." 

See also: Obama Reverses Bush’s Stem Cell Policy 
CellNEWS - Monday, 09 March 2009 

Obama to Reverse Embryonic Stem Cell Ban 
CellNEWS - Saturday, 07 March 2009 


For more on stem cells and cloning, go to CellNEWS at http://cellnews-blog.blogspot.com/ 

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