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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This is wonderful.
    We need stem cell research. Obstacles to it must be overcome.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • kay carmona

      This is a most welcome piece of news in this climate of NO, NO, NO.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cancer-guy

    Stem Cells are in everyone's body. It's not limited to embryo's. The problem is not in the research itself, it's what it is a gateway too. People will intentionally have stillborn children just to get money for "harvesting" them for research. I'm a stem cell transplant patient, worked great. Used an adult male donor, and all went well. There's no need to put children (or harvesting of stillborn / premature) through that. It's wrong.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • poor

      If you have ever know someone whom has had a stillborn child you would not say that. It is devistating and you cannot have a stillborn on purpose.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Cancer-guy:
    I could not disagree with you more.
    You and I will probably never agree on this, but I'm glad that the Obama administration is taking the stance that I would.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leslie

    ADULT stem cells have already been shown to be more useful than embryonic cells in research. Why can't we eliminate this barbaric practice of embryonic destruction altogether?

    July 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      Nope, Leslie, you are not even wrong... and on all points.

      Adult stem cells are not more useful and using embryonic stem cells destined for the trash is not barbaric.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      I love how the religoids are now quoting science about every other type of stem cell is more effective than embryo stem cells..... EVERYTHING else in religion is FAITH FAITH FAITH lol

      July 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geneticist

    Cancer-guy, stem cells are harvested from the embryo shortly after fertilization occurs, when it is still a blastocyst (a bundle of cells), which is formed during travel in the fallopian tubes, before implantation into the uterus. Stem cells for research most often come from people donate leftover/unused blastocysts from fertilization treatments, because they are at this stage in development when stored. Absolutely NO stillborn child ,NO aborted child, and NO premature child is used for stem cell research. That is a misconception, spread by those who disagree with the destruction of the blastocyst. Embryonic stems cells are the best to use because they have the ability to become any cell type. Adult stems cells can become certain cell types, but not all. I am glad that adult stem cells helped you, but other people can be cured by more research into the abilities of embryonic stem cells.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Geneticist you're playing mind games you don't reconized the personhood of a human baby you see them as a clump of cells or a piece of tissue. A baby is ababy is a baby.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Name*adam

    Stem cells dont please mess with Gods work,NO and NO

    July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. poor

    I always find that religious people are more strongly vocal against stem cell research with misinformation. They also use embyos to get pregnant, and then would rather they be destoyed than help another person live. What if the boys that come home can someday have a limb replaced? Let's see where this takes us, giving life to someone that will die with unused embryos is a good thing. Why sue to take away something some people might need?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fbmarky

    If you don't agree with stem cell research and treatments, don't take advantage of their benefits, then. When you get sick, just say, "I'm a republican and I'd rather die." That should thin out the herd of idiots on the right side of politics, and at the same time, increase the number of liberals in the country. Win-win for everyone!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    There is so much misinformation & grotesque worst case scenarios, it's no wonder people are against stemcell research. An educational campaign is necessary asap! As others have already stated, the stemcells in question are the multi-thousand oocytes, that are stored in fertility banks & destroyed yearly! A couple going through in vitro fertilization, produce many of these oocytes, but only 2-3 are implanted pre cycle!The rest are destroyed! That is a waste & a travesty! Politicians have even gone so far as to have "Adopt an embryo" campaigns! I'm glad to hear the resarch has a chance to go forward, so maybe we can catch up to the other nations already using this research!!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    Correction: that is"per cycle"! Thanks!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brooks

    I love how people, with no scientific knowledge besides what is spewed out by a preacher on Sunday, can be so against the development of medical procedures that can greatly increase the options for people with terminal illnesses.

    Don't evangelize in public, and I wont think in church.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CSnSC

    @Genetisist, thank you for the facts regarding stem sell harvesting. I'm afraid its going to take more than the truth to convince those already brainwashed. Maybe change the terminology. By the time Bubba and LuAnn figure it out the work will be well under way.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Not facts...it is a baby.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooks

      Its not a baby. Its a mass of cells.

      There is no heartbeat, there is no brain, if it was not saved by scientists, the group of cells would die naturally anyways.

      "The sun revolves around the earth and anyone to challenge that is going to hell"

      July 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      @brook life begins at conception, those living cells contain all the DNA genetic material to knit the conceived person. Those living cells permitted to proceed their natural course will differentiate into various parts. Just because you interfere with these processes does not negate the personhood or its humanity. No more than you eating a boil egg doesn't make it any less of a chicken or make it something else...trully you're still eating chicken. Also just because you are short one kidney, less an eyeball or portion of your brain doesn't work makes you less human! The baby has it's own blood and heart with a beat at 22 days. Your organs do not determine your humanity or lack thereof. Babies are born with cogenital defects all the time and those defects do not make them less human. There is no excuse to condone disregard of human life and its dignities.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    Use of embryonic stem cells is a no-no and it's wrong. It is just cannibalistic harvesting of children...justice is poetic for embryonic stem cells causes cancer.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • proof in the puddin

      Cannot believe you made that up. Shame on you.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Not made up...Its true!!

      July 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      The judge slept through his biology classes...his ruling DOES NOT erase the truth.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CSnSC

    And i'm a conservative, you condecending, judgemental liberal moron.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      @CSnSC: Don't be upset at the brainwashed partisan sheep out there. I have a joke for you.. What's a liberal or a conservative with a brain?... An independent. 😉

      July 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Madame Royale

    This is a wonderful decision.
    I could not be happier.
    And I agree with fbmarky: please do not be a hypocrite and use the treatment if you're going to be demonizing the process of research.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      What is demonized is the disregard for the conceived child rights to its womb and that the child has been reduced to a commodity either to be trashed or sold.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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