New Times For Science

Barack Obama has opened a new door for science religion or ideology is not hidden behind that. With the signing of a memorandum authorizing public financing for embryonic stem cell research, the new President of the United States has put an end to a ban that prevented the scientific advance in a field with tremendous potential for the medicine of the future. The first major reform in the scientific field of the American administration represents a change of direction in the policy that the White House has developed during the past eight years. Political representatives should not delete or alter discoveries or scientific or technological findings based on their own ideas or beliefs, stressed Obama to criticize the prohibitive stance that his predecessor had maintained as contrary to human life. From now on, the financial injection from the federal Government on research with stem cells will mean an improvement in the treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or diabetes.

But above all it will mean the bet, although still no practical effects, by a reliable source of organs and tissues for transplantation. Even so, today the medical community already has in these trials some immediate utilities such as models of genetic diseases laboratory or the opportunity to prepare specific tests to verify the feasibility of new drugs. Despite everything, far from finding a widespread consensus, the measure has reawakened the debate in American society and already the first reactions have occurred against. The United States Conference of bishops has described this decision as a sad victory of politics over science and ethics and the Republican sector of the House of representatives has embarked on a campaign to discredit the new scientific direction of the President that calls into question the actual implementation of these controversial research. The passage of George W. Bush for the Presidency dissociated itself irresponsibly on the science of moral values.

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