US president Barack Obama is injecting money into medical research such as studies on human embryonic stem cells, according to reports this week.
It is believed that the action - which signals a u-turn on the Bush administration, which restricted funding to the sector - will help in developing techniques and cures for such ailments as Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, stroke, Parkinson's disease and other conditions affecting the elderly.
The actions will follow something described by the president as religious discrimination, with many of Bush's policies being based on his faith as a Christian.
Funding worth $10 billion (£7 billion) will be awarded to the National Institutes of Health as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package signed this week by President Obama, with over $8 billion going directly to research.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has received many developments from the scientific community at its annual conference this month, with developments in Alzheimer's and similar diseases being addressed with through breakthroughs.
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