Stem cell research gets approval for crucial funding

Aug 03, 2011

Federal judge rules government can fund stem cell research once again

A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week that the federal government can continue to fund stem cell research, which had been vastly limited under President George W. Bush. When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he attempted to expand funding in an effort to further develop potential cures for many diseases and health issues, possibly limiting life insurance claims.

A 2009 lawsuit filed by researchers Theresa Deisher of AVM Biotechnology in Seattle and Dr. James Sherley of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute got the courts to grant an injunction stopping the funding. Their argument was based on a federal law which prohibits government financial support of research that involves the destruction of embryos, the Los Angeles Times reports.

When the funding was halted, experts grew concerned about their research in trying to develop cures for Alzheimer's and spinal cord injuries. The 2009 lawsuit was recently thrown out by Judge Royce C. Lamberth in Washington D.C. The plaintiff's can appeal the ruling if they want to.

Chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Jonathan Thomas, told the media outlet. "We clearly think it's the right decision. It will now lift the cloud that's been hanging over researchers around the country." 

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