Obama to fund stem cell research
President Obama will announce today that President Bush's ban on the funding of embryonic stem cell research is to be overturned. The move has been condemned by conservative groups but welcomed by many American scientists.
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For eight years American scientists have been banned by law from using taxpayers' money to assist in work on most embryonic stem cell lines. The result, according to many scientists, has been a reduction in the effectiveness of their research.
Embryonic stem cells can morph into any cell in the body, and they might one day assist in curing chronic conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. But their use involves the destruction of embryos, typically those left over from fertility treatment.
America's religious conservatives are deeply upset. One called the Obama announcement, 'a slap in the face to Americans who believe in the dignity of all human life'. The Republican Party is also opposing the move, which is yet another bold step away from the policies and ideology of the Bush years, in which religious faith often trumped scientific advice. That approach, Mister Obama will make clear today, is now history.
Justin Webb, BBC News, Washington
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banned by law
prohibido por ley
embryonic stem cell lines
células madre creadas usando embriones
convertirse en, transformarse
que sobran de (tratamiento de fertilidad)
a slap in the face
un gran insulto, una bofetada
bold step away
un paso audaz
the Bush years
los años que gobernó Bush
is now history
se acabó, llegó a su fin