Yesterday, President Obama reversed the Bush administration's stance on stem cell research. The short of it is, the federal government will now fund research outside of the limited lines of stem cells than previously funded. It doesn't seem like much and it won't return results tomorrow. What struck me was his remarks about science as a whole.
Here's an excerpt.
This Order is an important step in advancing the cause of science in America. But let’s be clear: promoting science isn’t just about providing resources – it is also about protecting free and open inquiry. It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda – and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.
You can read the full transcript of his address here.