Eight years ago, former President Bush issued a ban against using embryonic stem cells for research. Monday, President Obama overturned that ruling, saying he will not let ideology stand in the way of science, "Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion," said President Obama.
The presidential order provides hope to millions facing all sorts of threatening conditions from cancer to Parkinson's disease to paralysis. However, Obama drew the line at human cloning, calling it wrong and dangerous.
Federally funded research will not happen overnight, the National Institutes of Health has 120 days to draw up new guidelines. Already, though, scientists agree that with the new rules, researchers should make a lot more progress in finding out if stem cells can treat and even cure any disease.