In April 2009, the Obama Administration announced its plan to lift financial restrictions on stem cell researched. Not all restrictions will be lifted, but they will alleviate some implemented during the Bush era.
The lifted restrictions would allow surplus embryos from fertility clinics to be used for research.
As reported in The New York Times article “Some Restrictions Lifted on Stem Cell Research,” health institutes financed 260 research projects, at a total cost of $88 million, that involved stem cell lines approved by President Bush.
By lifting the restrictions, the number of research projects will be drastically increased, making headway in the cure for various diseases.