August 24th, 2010
09:28 PM ET

Government will appeal stem cell funding ruling

The Obama administration will appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller confirmed Tuesday.
An appeal is expected to be filed later this week asking the court to lift the injunction ordered Monday, according to Miller.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth was a blow to the Obama administration, which last year issued guidelines to allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

On Tuesday, the director of the National Institutes of Health said he was stunned by Lamberth's decision to order a temporary injunction.

"This will mean very promising research will not get done, screening for new drugs will stop, and researchers who have been energized will likely grow discouraged and move to other countries or on to other research," Dr. Francis Collins told reporters.


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  1. James

    Embryonic stem cells have produced ZERO results in fighting, curing, disrupting anything... Adult stem cells from the adult host have treated 5 diseases and have zero rejection factor. get a clue

    August 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    and the ruling was due to a Clinton signed law that said you can't kill babies for stem cells. Why is this so hard to comprehend? baby cells no worky – adult cells worky.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |