The Washington Post reports:

The Obama administration on Wednesday approved the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under a new policy designed to dramatically expand government support for one of the most promising but also most contentious fields of biomedical research.

Of course, ESCR’s promise is itself contentious. For starters, read Maureen L. Condic’s January 2007 First Things article “What We Know About Embryonic Stem Cells”.