Seattle researchers applaud lifting of stem-cell restrictions

By Kyung M. Song

Researchers in Seattle who work with embryonic stem cells reacted with scientific relief and personal jubilation to President Obama’s decision Monday to reverse Bush-era restrictions that have hobbled their field for much of this decade.

At the University of Washington, which has one of the nation’s largest concentration of researchers studying cells from human embryos, the news that federal funding now can be used to tap into hundreds of newer stem-cell lines stirred hopes for faster progress against heart disease, blindness and other medical conditions.

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