President Obama has made good on a campaign promise and lifted Bush Administration restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research. He said it has “he potential to help us understand and possibly cure some of our most devastating diseases and conditions.” He called the “medical miracles” that make-up scientific progress in America the “result from painstaking and costly research, from years of lonely trial and error, much of which never bears fruit, and from a government willing to support that work.” Five years ago, California voters did agree to invest in stem cell research, with $3 billion for the Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
President Obama and Stem-Cell Research in California
- Robert Klein - Chair of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
- William Hurlbut - Member, President's Council on Bioethics
- Jesse Reynolds - Policy Analyst, Center for Genetics and Society
- Arnold Kriegstein - Director of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program, UC San Francisco