In a short note for an otherwise slow news day, the Swiss parliament has voted to allow research on embryonic stem cells obtained from "surplus human embryos." This is a small step forward in the midst of hostile research environments in most EU countries. Stem cell research is exhibiting enormous potential to provide cures for many diseases, and the ability to regenerate damaged tissue in many parts of the body. Blocking and banning this research damages our future health and longevity. We should all speak out in favor of longer, healthier lives through medical research!