A recent ruling by a federal appeals court will allow the Obama Administration to continue funding embryonic stem cell research. The ruling reversed a previous injunction by a district court judge which would have frozen federal funding for stem cell science research. This new ruling ends months of uncertainty for numerous scientists who rely on federal funding for their stem cell research.
The Obama Administration praised the 2-1 stem cell court ruling and reaffirmed their commitment to promoting and advancing embryonic stem cell research. White house spokesman Nick Papas hailed the court's decision saying, "Responsible stem cell research has the potential to treat some of our most devastating diseases and conditions."
(Stem cell images courtesy of the NIH)
In the case, opponents of federal funding of stem cell research argued that embryonic stem cell research violates federal law. They argued that federal funding of embryonic stem cell research violates a law prohibiting funds for science research that involves the destruction of embryos. Although the court has yet to issue a final ruling, their reversal of District Judge Royce Lamberth's previous injunction sent a strong message that the court probably believes the case has little merit.
The court's decision was met with approval by top stem cell researchers throughout the country and by the NIH.
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