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. Madame Royale

    Well, we know a few people who will not take part of any treatment using stem cell/stem cell research.

    Geneticist and fernace, thanks for some thoughtful posts that many people will most likely ignore.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CSnSC

    Its a 'baby' thats going in the trash anyway. There is no way to argue that its a life if it would never be viable. its just extra cells.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom

      This reminds of Nazi Germany. Those babies even though deceased have mothers and fathers. Their bodies do not belong to hospitals, science, or pharma companies. Final consent should be of their parents' decision.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @mom: i'm sure parents will have final say. And i would be proud if someone else could live because my baby died.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Madame Royale


    Word. And, hello.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CSnSC

    Your Grace..

    July 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Disa Helgason

    sancity of life! Natural birth to natural death.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • proof in the puddin

      So war is a natural death.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MikeIke

    I'm all for stem-cell research and what it can provide for humanity... but can't we harvest stem-cells from other less controversial sources? I thought I read an science article claiming they were getting stem-cells from bone marrow.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @mikeike: there are other places to get them, but they aren't as useful from what i understand. It's like using 'processed cheese food' instead of real cheese.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |

    This is good news indeed. Let's just forget about all these religious fanatics who say no! Besides, there's nothing in the Bible forbidding stem cell research anyway.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      You non-practicing fundamentalist!

      July 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    We need to get a move on here. Ill be wanting a shiny new liver someday.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    Fertilized oocytes, or blastocysts are not babies. They have the potential to become a baby, if implanted in a uterus! Otherwise they have a "shelf life" & must be destroyed past the "viable" date! We now know that those not implanted , with research, could heal people from all sorts of conditions & illnesses! What makes christians believe God would rather we destroy the blastocysts & the chance of healing people, along with it? Those saying we shouldn't "play God", too late for that! Many infertile christian couples have taken advantage of humans "playing God" in order to get pregnant! Why is that not wrong?? Hail to Madame Royale!!

    July 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      They are babies!

      July 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...and you are a baby killer cheerleader!

      July 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bunny

      No, Mmmmm, you're a closed-minded sanctimonius person who has to rely on insults to get your point across. You'll also be the one who b!tches the loudest when you need the help stem-cell research will provide!

      July 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Madame Royale

    Um, that's the point...they are not babies. Not at all.
    And you don't think prospective parents
    sign a waiver?
    There are some that don't sign a waiver for whatever reason, probably because of beliefs similar to yours.
    And that's fine...but they must understand that the blastocysts will be incinerated.
    Why not let them be used for research?
    It's a win-win situation, and it just may save your life one day.
    Or one of your kids.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    Not to mention saving lives god would have had without modern medicine.

    Just more hypocrisy. Everything is the will of god.. except abortion, alcohol, freaky seks, and drug addiction.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Madame Royale

    Okay...deep breaths...one more time...
    They are not babies.
    They are not embryos.
    They are blastocysts.
    Please, I implore you, read Geneticist's and fernace's posts again.
    Read them!

    It just seems to me that anyone who has gone through this process, then decides to toss the blastocysts, are at cross-purposes with what made them do this in the first place: to sustain a life.
    What could be more noble than that?

    July 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      do you go into the same denial everytime you salt your boiled egg...and then eat it...?

      July 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...it's nadda chicken
      ...it's nadda chicken
      ...it's nadda chicken

      IT'S A BOILED EGG! (not!)

      July 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    @madame royale: what do they call you in america? Quarter pounder with cheese? I've used the word cheese three times so far.. Must not be getting enough dairy..

    July 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    @madame royale: are u talking to me? I think we're on the same page.. You're talking about babies that weren't. That's cool. But if my viable baby met a tragic end, i would donate him/her for stem cell harvesting as well..

    July 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. madame Royale


    No, I wasn't talking to you. I was just re-reading some of the posts, and I just had to reiterate!
    You know who I am, you said you'd be my friend...
    And I agree with you completely.
    I, too, would donate my child.

    As to what they call me, Your Highness, or Princesse, would do.

    But I have one more thing, and I'm sure I'll get blasted:

    Re: your post about the will of God:
    Alcohol would be considered the will of God; wasn't it Jesus who changed water into wine at the wedding in Cana?
    Jesus is the son of God, therefore it follows...

    Just throwing that out there...
    But you're right!

    July 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Obviously you are right on the wine. Frickin' sacrament already lol.

      And you'll always be banasy to me.

      Just a pulp fiction shot. Samuel jackson.. Since they don't have quarter pounds in france.. Royale with cheese..?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
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