Reversing a policy established under George W. Bush, President Barack Obama on March 9 cleared the way for a significant increase in federal dollars for embryonic stem-cell research, with his advisers calling the move a clear signal that science--and not political ideology--will guide the administration.

Obama signed the executive order on the divisive stem-cell issue along with a memo addressing what he called scientific integrity before an East Room audience packed with scientists, promising that no scientific data will be "distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda."

"Promoting science isn't just about providing resources, it is also about protecting free and open inquiry,"...

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