Obama Signs Memo Seeking Science Strategy

WASHINGTON — In an implicit criticism of his predecessor, President Barack Obama is calling for a strategy that he says will restore scientific integrity to government decision-making.

In lifting the restrictions on federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, Obama was signing a memorandum Monday directing the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to come up with a strategy.

Obama and other Democrats have argued that former President George W. Bush let conservative-driven politics dictate scientific policy.

Obama said scientific decisions should be based on facts, not ideology. He said advisers should be selected based on their credentials and experience, not their politics.