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NATIONAL POLITICS & POLICY | Obama Issues Directive To Enact New Embryonic Stem Cell Research Rules

NATIONAL POLITICS & POLICY | Obama Issues Directive To Enact New Embryonic Stem Cell Research Rules
[July 31, 2009]

President Obama on Thursday issued a directive to federal agencies to begin following new NIH guidelines on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, Reuters/New York Times reports (Reuters/New York Times, 7/30). NIH announced the final guidelines earlier this month. The guidelines assess whether newly created embryonic stem cell lines can be used for federally funded research, as well as clarify how old lines will be evaluated (Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 7/7).

In March, Obama overturned President George W. Bush's policy limiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. In a statement Thursday, Obama said, "I hereby direct the heads of executive departments and agencies that support and conduct stem cell research to adopt these guidelines, to the fullest extent practicable in light of legal authorities and obligations" (Reuters/New York Times, 7/30).