BREAKING NEWS: The Stem Cells are Back!
Eight and a half years after Bush placed a ban of funding for embryonic stem cell research, President Barack Obama lifted that ban.
The wonderful folks at JDRF were there to capture the moments, via Twitter and Flickr. VP of Government Relations Larry Soler tweeted that when he shook Obama’s hand, Obama said that we would get diabetes solved. Yes, yes we will.
I don’t have to tell you how exciting this is for all of us with diabetes. But this isn’t just a victory for people with diabetes. This will affect EVERYONE in America and across the world. Embryonic stem cells have the power to help dozens of diseases and injuries, and it’s quite possible that we will all be affected by this decision in more than one way. During the course of the election, Obama’s campaign motto was “Change We Can Believe In.” I believe the executive order to the embryonic stem cell funding ban is just the change we need to make a real difference in the medical research that so badly needs assistance.
While I hate to temper the enthusiasm for a day that I’m sure so many of us didn’t think would come, I can’t help but wonder, with the economy in the state that it is, just how much funding is embryonic stem cell research actually going to get from the federal government? Pomp and circumstance over the legal support of stem cell research funding does not necessarily equate to actual dollars. My only hope is that this action is not just words on a piece of paper, but action that we will see in laboratories across the country that will lead to a cure.