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For Immediate Release

Zach Lowe or Katie Rowley (202) 224-5323

On President Obama Lifting Restrictions on Federally Assisted Stem Cell Research

Statement of US Senator Russ Feingold


"President Obama's action today will help unlock the enormous potential for stem cell research. The University of Wisconsin has played a critical role in embryonic stem cell research, and lifting these restrictions will help it continue its efforts to develop treatments and cures for some of the biggest medical challenges of our time. Every day, millions of American families deal with Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries or other tragic conditions that could one day be treated, cured or prevented through stem cell research. There has been strong bipartisan support in Congress to move forward with embryonic stem cell research and President Obama's decision today gives hope to so many Americans eagerly awaiting the benefits that this research could provide."