Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 9, 2009

Executive Order Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, March 9, 2009. “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

  • Section 1. Policy. Research involving human embryonic stem cells and human non-embryonic stem cells has the potential to lead to better understanding and treatment of many disabling diseases and conditions. Advances over the past decade in this promising scientific field have been encouraging, leading to broad agreement in the scientific community that the research should be supported by Federal funds
  • For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund and conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential actions. The purpose of this order is to remove these limitations on scientific inquiry, to expand NIH support for the exploration of human stem cell research, and in so doing to enhance the contribution of America’s scientists to important new discoveries and new therapies for the benefit of humankind…”
  • Fact Sheet on Presidential Memorandum on Scientific Integrity
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