Federal court upholds stem cell research

The Jurist

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday dismissed an appeal attempting to overturn April’s decision that ended an injunction on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The initial suit, brought brought by two scientists, was an attempt to stop federal funding for embryonic stem cells so there was more funding for their research on adult stem cells.

Their appeal stated that April’s decision only considered one of their arguments and that stem cell research is not "research" under the 1996 Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

Judge Royce Lamberth disagreed, although he was the judge who issued the original injunction, stating that he stands by the US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in April as controlling law.

A spokesperson for the White House called the decision a victory, and said: "President Obama is committed to supporting responsible stem cell research and today’s ruling was another step in the right direction."

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