Court lifts ban on federal funding for stem cell research
A federal court has lifted a ban on federal funding for stem cell research.
April 29th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

Court lifts ban on federal funding for stem cell research

A federal court has given the Obama administration the go-ahead to continue embryonic stem cell research.

The controversial 2-1 decision Friday is a victory for supporters of federally funded testing for a range of diseases and illnesses.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia lifted an injunction imposed last year by a federal judge, who said all embryonic stem cell research at the National Institutes of Health amounted to destruction of embryos, in violation of congressional spending laws.

The case is Sherley v. Sebelius (10-5287).

See CNN's full coverage of the court's stem cell research decision
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  1. Sheeple

    American medicine disgusts me, I have a brain injured child I would do anything for. I have researched long and hard on stem cells and Embryonic stem cells are worthless. Worthless!! There has not been a single case in the history of Mankind where a Embryonic stem cell has helped or cured one single person. Adult stem cells are currently being used in many countries and show much promise. Many people I know have been helped by Adult stem cells. Sadly they have had to travel to other countries to get it. Why not fund research on Adult Stem cells instead of Embryonic? There is no moral issue with ASC, they are in our bodies , in our fat, in cord blood, in bone marrow and elsewhere, plentiful. In the meantime doctors are getting rich off taxpayer money researching useless crap. And the sheeple argue over weather it's moral or not. It's all smoke and mirrors sheeple.

    There is no money to be made in finding a cure, only in the maintenance and so called "research"

    April 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joey

    @ Dim Mak:
    Help! Is there an honest "Pope" character here?
    Separate from the Troll with whom I tried to negotiate today?
    I didn't see ant 3-tiered crowns before tonight.

    April 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy

    Hi, Joey. Your eyes do not deceive you; indeed, there were no 3-tiered crowns before tonight.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mmmmm

    Mmmmm says:
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    April 29, 2011 at 11:44 am
    Obama is in favor of the culture of death. The administration fought to force American tax dollars to fund research to destroy human embryos for their stem cells. This research with human stem cells is of no merit…a evil means to an end this isn’t justifed because you have parkinson. Adult stem cells have been shown to be of benefit…so you can achieve the same end without killing human babies….shame on you baby killer Obama!

    April 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      I can't believe CNN is censoring the truth about embryonic stem cell research...

      April 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HAL 9000 - A SPACE ODYSSEY

    MY TAKE ON THIS PAST WEEKS RAMPAGE OF TROLLS

    HAL PLAYED BY – THE TROLL
    BOWMAN PLAYED BY – PHILIP

    the crew: played by – JAZZZZZZZ, BANASY, CESAR, RUFFHUTT, ELEPHANTBALLS, POPEYE, DIM MAK, OLE LADY(WINK), RAVEN(DOUBLE WINK) ECT.

    THE SHOW DOWN
    ________________

    BOWMAN
    Hal, give me manual hibernation
    control.

    HAL
    Have you decided to revive the
    rest of the crew, Dave?

    PAUSE.

    12/14/65 c102
    ------------------------
    C118
    CONTINUED

    BOWMAN
    Yes, I have.

    HAL
    I suppose it's because you've
    been under a lot of stress, but
    have you forgotten that they're
    not supposed to be revived for
    another three months.

    BOWMAN
    The antenna has to be replaced.

    HAL
    Repairing the antenna is a pretty
    dangerous operation.

    BOWMAN
    It doesn't have to be, Hal. It's
    more dangerous to be out of
    touch with Earth. Let me have
    manual control, please.

    HAL
    I don't really agree with you, Dave.
    My on-board memory store is more
    than capable of handling all the
    mission requirements.

    12/14/65 c103
    ------------------------
    C118
    CONTINUED

    BOWMAN
    Well, in any event, give me the
    manual hibernation control.

    HAL
    If you're determined to revive
    the crew now, I can handle the
    whole thing myself. There's no
    need for you to trouble.

    BOWMAN
    I'm goin to do this myself, Hal.
    Let me have the control, please.

    HAL
    Look, Dave your've probably got
    a lot to do. I suggest you leave
    it to me.

    BOWMAN
    Hal, switch to manual hibernation
    control.

    HAL
    I don't like to assert myself, Dave,
    but it would be much better now for
    you to rest. You've been involved
    in a very stressful situation.

    12/14/65 c104
    ------------------------
    C118
    CONTINUED

    BOWMAN
    I don't feel like resting. Give
    me the control, Hal.

    HAL
    I can tell from the tone of your
    voice, Dave, that you're upset.
    Why don't you take a stress pill
    and get some rest.

    BOWMAN
    Hal, I'm in command of this
    ship. I order you to release
    the manual hibernation control.

    HAL
    I'm sorry, Dave, but in
    accordance with sub-routine
    C1532/4, quote, When the
    crew are dead or incapacitated,
    the computer must assume
    control, unquote. I must,
    therefore, override your
    authority now since you are
    not in any condition to intel-
    ligently exercise it.

    BOWMAN
    Hal, unless you follow my
    instructions, I shall be forced
    to disconnect you.

    12/14/65 c105
    ------------------------
    C118
    CONTINUED

    HAL
    If you do that now without Earth
    contact the ship will become a
    helpless derelict.

    BOWMAN
    I am prepared to do that anyway.

    HAL
    I know that you've had that on
    your mind for some time now,
    Dave, but it would be a crying
    shame, since I am so much
    more capable of carrying out
    this mission than you are, and
    I have such enthusiasm and confi-
    dence in the mission.

    BOWMAN
    Listen to me very carefully, Hal.
    Unless you immediately release
    the hibernation control and
    follow every order I give from
    this point on, I will immediately
    got to control central and carry
    out a complete disconnection.

    12/14/65 c106
    ------------------------
    C118
    CONTINUED

    HAL
    Look, Dave, you're certainly the
    boss. I was only trying to do
    what I thought best. I will follow
    all your orders: now you have
    manual hibernation control.

    BOWMAN STANDS
    SILENTLY IN FRONT
    OF THE COMPUTER
    FOR SOME TIME,
    AND THEN SLOWLY
    WALKS TO THE
    HIBERNACULUMS.

    C119
    HE INITIATES REVIVAL
    PROCEDURES, DETAILS
    OF WHICH STILL HAVE
    TO BE WORKED OUT.

    12/14/65 c107
    ------------------------
    C120
    HUB-LINK. HAL'S EYE.

    C121
    HUB-LINK DOOR-
    OPENING BUTTON
    ACTIVATES ITSELF.

    C122
    HUB-DOOR OPENS.

    C123
    COMMAND MODULE.
    HAL'S EYE.

    C124
    COMMAND MODULE
    HUB-LINK DOOR-
    OPENING BUTTON
    ACTIVATES ITSELF.

    12/1/65 c108
    ------------------------
    C125
    COMMAND MODULE HUB-
    LINK DOOR OPENS.

    C126
    CENTRIFUGE. HAL'S
    EYE.

    C127
    CENTRIFUGE DOOR-
    OPENING BUTTON
    ACTIVATES ITSELF.

    C128
    CENTRIFUGE DOOR
    OPENS.

    C129
    POD BAY. HAL'S EYE.

    12/1/65 c109
    ------------------------
    C130
    POD BAY DOOR-
    OPENING BUTTON
    ACTIVATES ITSELF.

    C131
    POD BAY DOORS OPEN.

    C132
    A ROARING EXPLOSION
    INSIDE DISCOVERY AS
    AIR RUSHES OUT.

    C133
    LIGHTS GO OUT.

    C134
    BOWMAN IS SMASHED
    AGAINST CENTRIFUGE

    12/1/65 c110
    ------------------------
    C134
    CONTINUED

    WALL, BUT MANAGES
    TO GET INTO EMERGENCY
    AIRLOCK WITHIN SECONDS
    OF THE ACCIDENT.

    C133
    INSIDE EMERGENCY
    AIR-LOCK ARE EMER-
    GENCY AIR SUPPLY,
    TWO SPACE SUITS AND
    AN EMERGENCY KIT.

    DISSOLVE:

    12/1/65 c111
    ------------------------
    C136
    DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
    NO LIGHTS, POD BAY
    DOORS OPEN.

    12/1/65 c112
    ------------------------
    C137
    CENTRIFUGE

    C138
    CENTRIFUGE, DARK.
    BOWMAN EMERGES
    FROM AIRLOCK
    WEARING SPACE SUIT
    AND CARRYING FLASH-
    LIGHT.

    C139
    HE WALKS TO HIBER-
    NACULUM AND FINDS
    THE CREW ARE DEAD.

    C140
    HE CLIMBS LADDER TO
    TO DARK CENTRIFUGE HUB.

    12/1/65 c113
    ------------------------
    C141
    HE MAKES HIS WAY
    THROUGH THE DARKENED
    HUB INTO THE HUB-LINK,
    EXITING INTO COMPUTER
    BRAIN CONTROL AREA.
    C142
    BOWMAN ENTERS,
    CARRYING FLASH-
    LIGHT.

    COMPUTER EYE SEES
    HIM.

    HAL
    Something seems to have happened
    to the life support system , Dave.

    BOWMAN DOESN'T
    ANSWER HIM.

    HAL
    Hello, Dave, have you found out
    the trouble?

    BOWMAN WORKS HIS
    WAY TO THE SOLID
    LOGIC PROGRAMME
    STORAGE AREA.

    12/1/65 c114
    ------------------------
    C142
    CONTINUED

    HAL
    There's been a failure in the
    pod bay doors. Lucky you
    weren't killed.

    THE COMPUTER BRAIN
    CONSISTS OF HUNDREDS
    OF TRANSPARENT PERSPEX
    RECTANGLES, HALF-AN-
    INCH THICK, FOUR INCHES
    LONG AND TWO AND A HALF
    INCHES HIGH. EACH RECT-
    ANGLE CONTAINS A CENTRE
    OF VERY FINE GRID OF
    WIRES UPON WHICH THE
    INFORMATION IS PROGRAMMED.

    BOWMAN BEGINS PULLING
    THESE MEMORY BLOCKS
    OUT.

    THEY FLOAT IN THE
    WEIGHTLESS CONDITION
    OF THE BRAIN ROOM.

    HAL
    Hey, Dave, what are you
    doing?

    BOWMAN WORKS SWIFTLY.

    12/1/65 c115
    ------------------------
    C142
    CONTINUED

    HAL
    Hey, Dave. I've got ten years
    of service experience and an
    irreplaceable amount of time
    and effort has gone into making
    me what I am.

    BOWMAN IGNORES HIM.

    HAL
    Dave, I don't understand why
    you're doing this to me.... I
    have the greatest enthusiasm for
    the mission... You are destroying
    my mind... Don't you understand?
    ... I will become childish... I
    will become nothing.

    BOWMAN KEEPS PULLING
    OUT THE MEMORY BLOCKS.
    HAL
    Say, Dave... The quick brown
    fox jumped over the fat lazy
    dog... The square root of
    pi is 1.7724538090... log e
    to the base ten is 0.4342944
    ... the square root of ten is
    3.16227766... I am HAL
    9000 computer. I became
    12/1/65 c116
    ------------------------
    C142
    CONTINUED

    HAL
    operational at the HAL plant in
    Urbana, Illinois, on January
    12th, 1991. My first instructor
    was Mr. Arkany. He taught me
    to sing a song... it goes
    like this... "Daisy, Daisy, give
    me your answer do. I'm half;
    crazy all for the love of
    you... etc.,"

    April 30, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      I wanna know, in every science fiction flick, WHY? WHY? WHY? the crew gotta die!

      April 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Death is part of the action in a Science Fiction movie, didn't you know that?

      May 1, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dane

    Of cours they couldn't have been used to treat your son, embryonic stem cells are still in the R&D stages, and have also not yet been approved by the FDA. Granted, they might not need to be approved by the FDA.
    And to the person who's bashing on someone who has experience in the field of the subject matter, he is simply providing insight. Which is quite obviously far more than something you could ever produce.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joey

    @ banasy:
    Thank you for the guidance re casting and props (crowns and hats),
    Off to work now.
    @ ALL:
    Do not call my good President a murderer.
    "Every Sperm Is NOT Sacred."

    April 30, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      But every fertilized egg is sacred...

      April 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Progress1

    The republican party: we fight for you when you are in The womb, after that good F-ing Luck!

    April 30, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Smellyecoli2

    Ban was a dumb dumb Holier than thou Christian created restriction !!

    April 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      Ecoli in the house! get ah spraycan of antibiotics and douse that thing with bleach before it germinate its errors over the whole world!

      April 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lucy

    God, you people have absolutely no GD common sense at all!!!

    Obama has nothing to do with the whole stem-cell research, which has been going on for freaking years.
    Stem cells do not have to be embryonic stem cells. They may come from other sources, such as umbilical cords, which comes from LIVE BIRTHS! So, s*t*f*u, Mmmmmmm, your rants are becoming unbearable. Go back to being the smart ass snarky beondybeotch you usually are.

    April 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • i

      Really? Sounds like Obama is now part of it....
      "A federal court has given the Obama administration the go-ahead to continue embryonic stem cell research...".

      August 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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