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President Obama signs the Stem Cell Executive Order and the Scientific Integrity Presidential Memorandum – White House Photo 3/9/09 by Chuck Kennedy

A list of participants and attendees.

FACT SHEET ON PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER REMOVING BARRIERS TO RESPONSIBLE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

INVOLVING HUMAN STEM CELLS:

…This Executive Order by President Obama revokes the Executive Order signed by President Bush on June 20, 2007 and the Bush Presidential statement of August 9, 2001 that limited federal funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells.

The previous Administration allowed the National Institutes of Health to fund human embryonic stem cell research on cell lines created before an arbitrary date, August 9, 2001, but prohibited research on cell lines created after that date. The Executive Order signed by President Obama today lifts this restriction, which has no basis in science and was not required by any law

[emphasis added]

FACT SHEET ON PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM ON SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY:

…This memorandum helps to implement one of the President’s key campaign commitments on science policy, which was to “restore scientific integrity in government decision making…”

Damn, now I’m going to have to sell my stock in that leech breeding operation at a loss.

Tristero over at Digby’s fine establishment has some additional insight: “Junk Journalism, NY Times Division”.

Now we just have to wait for the right wingnuts running the Missouri General Assembly to introduce a joint resolution to overturn the president’s executive order. In five, four, three, two…