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. DEH

    Would you have wanted to be an embryo sacrificed in the same of scientific research?? I

    April 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      they are created for that purpose and were never intended to be born in the first place. Please do some real research somewhere other than at church

      April 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • duder

      do you eat eggs?

      April 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mudgod69

    I like to eat stem cells..yummmy

    April 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jean Paul S

    Music to my ears! This means that diabetes type 1 will be cured in the very near future. Thank you Mr. President Obama!! Thank you!

    April 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DEH

      This does NOT mean that diabetes or parkinson's or anything else will be cured anytime soon. It simply means that respect for human life has gone out the window. Watch - the research will ultimately be inconclusive. Obama is the closest to the human incarnation of evil that we have ever suffered through.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      @DEH,

      President Obama cares more for humans who are SUFFERING now and will be in the future than he does about some cells that will flushed down a drain. Apparently you seem to care more about the cells headed for the sewer than all the people CURRENTLY suffering. Everyone has their own priorities, but to call someone "evil" because he wants to help LIVING people who are in misery, is nothing short of incredibly IGNORANT.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PA Squid

    We would be better off saving our research dollars and letting the Europeans continue their research. If we develop it, just like drugs and cancer cures, it will be extremely expensive here in the US. Remember, they get to recover the cost of development until the patent expires. WE ALWAYS PAY MORE.

    By the way, it is kind of immoral anyway!!

    April 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DEH

    Would you have wanted to be an embryo sacrificed in the name of scientific research??

    April 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      they are created for that purpose and were never intended to be born in the first place. Please do some real research somewhere other than at your church

      April 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Genetic researcher

    Okay, I'll explain this in simple terms. Stem cells will be able to cure a ton of diseases. No doubt about it. There is so much potential in them. While adults do have stem cells, they're not the same as embryonic stem cells. The embryonic cells have the potential to become anything; we just have to get the gene expression down. Adult stem cells are limited in what they can become, although there is a LITTLE bit of evidence that they're more versatile than previously thought. Right now though, we need embryonic stem cells. Also, once we're far enough along to cure diseases, we will also have to allow cloning so the host doesn't reject the new cells. Unless of course we discover a better method.

    Trust me, there is nothing human about the stage in which they take these cells. It's like calling a tumor a human.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bongiojf

      Just because you may work in the field does not give your "opinion" precedence or greater insight into the question of when life begins. In this case your voice and opinion is as valuable (or valueless) as the rest of us. This is a question that is in the societal domain. It is in the societal domain because it is society that will have deal with what geneticists create/destroy. As such we should have a say in it.

      April 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bongiojf

    re: killing babies. That is the heart of the debate, that and a fear that science cannot sufficiently regulate itself from creating monsters and other freaks. Ethics and morality are a major component of the discussion. What is more important, the life (life potential) of an embryo or the quality of life of an individual. Of great concern is that the same techniques used to "cure" injuries and diseases can be used in vainglorious ways as well; i.e. designer babies all of which IMO lessens the value and commoditizes life.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MsInformed

    These "replies" suck, as they don't read as replies or give any indication that you are replying to a specific comment. CNN should do it differently.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      it seems to do that from time to time...mine appear to be linking to the correct comments...maybe restart? idk

      April 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    Thank you so much for putting the name of the case in the article. You have no idea how frustrating it is when reporters fail to do this.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kamani Gunasekera

    It is sad when CNN cannot get their reporting right? Would you not check your story before going on live TV and and making a fool of yourself by getting the story wrong on "Breaking News"

    April 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Keath

    Finally!!

    April 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hippie

    Maybe you could create Jesus again and you could also crucify him again

    April 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    I think this is one of the best dicisions ever made. Just imagine the cures they may be able to come up with.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    Interesting, but the blogger that says he eats this stuff, weird.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hippie

    @Cesar.. No good comments coming from you mfkr

    April 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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