Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law O. Carter Snead, along with Professor Philip Sloan in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, was awarded a $50,000 seed grant from the University’s Initiative in Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics.
President Obama’s decision to sign an executive order Monday easing restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research comes on the heels on an announcement last week in the journal Nature of a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells. Research by University of Notre Dame biologist Malcolm J. Fraser Jr. provided a crucial key in establishing the practicality of the alternative method.
Stem cells are the body’s master cells, producing all of its tissues and organs. They offer hope for regeneration of tissues and even organs and for curing many diseases.