Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fate of stem cell funding still up in the air

Michael Cook | BioEdge

Although a three-judge appeals court has lifted a US injunction on human embryonic stem cell funding, scientists are still feeling queasy. On August 23 District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, declared that federal funding violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, a federal law that bans grants for research which involves the destruction of human embryos. This week, the appeals court lifted the injunction to study the case more carefully. But there is no guarantee whatsoever that the Judge Lamberth’s decision will be reversed.

The next date in this nerve-racking on-off-on-off story is September 14, when opponents of the funding have to file a response. Full story

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