On April 11, 2007, the US Senate passed the Stem Cell Enhancement Act of 2007 that would have relaxed restrictions on funding to stem cell research. This research initiative was later vetoed by President George W. Bush. However, President Barack Obama later reversed this restriction on federal funding, and on his watch the Department of Justice (DOJ) has challenged roadblocks to such research. Stem cells are projected to have therapeutic medical applications due to their ability to replicate into diverse cell types. However, research has been met with resistance since many such cells are harvested from the destruction of human embryos.
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