Effects Of Lifting The US Stem Cell Research 'Ban'

Law360, New York (July 22, 2009, 1:57 PM EDT) -- Executive Order 13505 signed by President Obama on March 9, 2009, has been widely misunderstood as "lifting a ban on stem cell research." In order to understand what the executive order did and did not do requires an understanding of the "ban" that was in place.

Before getting into the "ban," it is worth pausing to consider why stem cell research is considered to be so important. A stem cell is a type of cell that can become any type of cell in the body, given...
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