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WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has ruled that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop it.

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the panel of the US court of appeals in Washington overturned a judge’s order that would have blocked taxpayer funding for stem cell research.

The panel reversed an opinion last August by US District Judge Royce Lamberth, who said the research likely violates the law against federal funding of embryo destruction.

The 1996 law prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars in work that harms an embryo, so private money has been used to cull batches of the cells. Those batches can reproduce in lab dishes indefinitely, and the Obama administration issued rules permitting taxpayer dollars to be used in work on them.

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2 Comments on "Appeals court overturns stem cell research ban"

2015 years 10 months ago

It is about time that this country emerged from the sixteenth century where this type of medical research is concerned. Stem cell research hold much promise for the improved health of future generations, as well as those of us here now.

2015 years 10 months ago

Read for yourself, adult stem cell research has yielded much better results by far without destroying life.


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