July 27th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Federal judge allows stem-cell research to continue

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that tried to block funding of stem-cell research on human embryos.

A federal appeals court in April lifted a previous injunction on continued funding, and U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth has now agreed with the Obama administration that the lawsuit brought by two scientists should be dismissed.

The 38-page decision is a victory for supporters of federally funded testing for a range of diseases and illnesses.

The field of embryonic stem-cell research has been highly controversial, because in most cases the research process involves destroying the embryo, typically four or five days old, after removing stem cells. These cells are blank and can become any cell in the body. Because of the destruction of embryos, most opponents believe this is moral issue. Supporters of the research point to the potential for saving lives.

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  1. Sky People Envoy

    Well no intelligent life on this planet. Guess we'll have to try Cancun world..

    July 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. I'm totally wasting my life and talents

    Sigh

    July 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Madame Royale

    @Mmmmm:
    I do not have a reply button on my phone.
    That's makes it very easy for you to drop your snide comments and fade away.
    However, I will tell you this:
    I love Huevos Rancheros.
    I love Chicken Marsala.
    I am not in denial when I salt that boiled egg.
    I pepper it, too.
    Yes it is a chicken.
    Yes it is a chicken.
    Yes it is a chicken.
    Unless it's a boiled egg.
    I do not eat my children.
    Stem cell research doesn't eat children, either.

    You are just misguided and uniformed enough to think so.
    That's all right, that's your opinion.
    I respect you for your convictions.
    Start respecting mine.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Madame Royale

    Mmmmm:
    If we were talking about a conceived child in it's womb, you might have a valid point.
    But it's not.
    And you don't.
    You're demonizing research that can save lives.
    Do you stand in front of in vitro clinics?
    By your reasoning, you should.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bonnie

    Mankind who destroys human embryos will face tribulations. The blood will cry out to the Lord from the ground.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MikeMazzla

      You may want to put your strait jacket back on

      July 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reverend Slappy

    I talked to the Lord. He said stem-cell research was fine. He also said to get your nose out of that book and go smell the roses.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It was good to read and reread the comments from intelligent persons here this morning.
    Especially gratifying was one snap from the always illuminated and now sparking CSnSC in which he accurately called someone a moron.

    July 28, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. leeintulsa

    I didn't want lee to feel that he was being ignored.
    Have a pleasant day.
    A. Troll

    July 28, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Bonnie:
    Sheryl told me to tell you that tribulations are already upon us.
    She also said that her red stiletto heels with Joan Crawford straps have been making the ground bloody, too. Do you think that's why some of her favorite furs are now endangered?
    I don't think that she likes you.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
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