On July 7, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a notice its final “Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.” The guidelines, which implement President Obama’s March 9, 2009 Executive Order on federal funding for stem cell research as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded stem cell research, establish policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund such research, and seek to ensure that NIH-funded stem-cell research “is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law.” The guidelines are effective July 7, 2009.