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Ban on Government-Funded Stem Cell Research

In 2001, an effective moratorium was put in place by the Bush administration on government funded stem-cell research. Stem-cells are undifferentiated cells taken from a human embryo, whose remarkable properties can be used to develop cures for debilitating conditions like Parkinson's disease, sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Bush's constraints on stem-cell research hampered scientific progress in this field for 8 years, until overturned by Obama in 2010.