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    Appeals court lifts ban on federal funding for stem cell research

    Appeals court lifts ban on federal funding for stem cell research

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/29/ste...ex.html?hpt=T2

    Washington (CNN) -- A federal court has given the Obama administration the go-ahead to continue funding 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.
    Legislation passed in 1996 prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars in the creation or destruction of human embryos "for research purposes." Private money had been used to gather batches of the developing cells at U.S.-run labs. The current administration had broken with the Bush White House and issued rules in 2009 permitting those cells to be reproduced in controlled conditions and for work on them to move forward.
    Obama officials have been at odds with many members of Congress over whether the the NIH research actually causes an embryo's destruction, as prohibited by the Dickey-Wicker Act.
    Two scientists had brought a lawsuit to block further research. But the three-judge panel concluded in their 21-page ruling, "the plaintiffs are unlikely to prevail because Dickey-Wicker is ambiguous and the NIH seems reasonably to have concluded" that the law does not ban research using embryonic stem cells.

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    thanks NW, this has been posted a few times today...

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    oops...

    Such good news, couldn't contain myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW-Will View Post
    Appeals court lifts ban on federal funding for stem cell research

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/29/ste...ex.html?hpt=T2
    stop blameing bush as you can see the ban started with bill clinton in 1996.

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    The blame game is done; let's rejoice in the judgement and hope it continues.

    keeping on

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    Chris/NW/KeepingOn...

    Yes this is so exciting, Ive been so filled with hope and joy since I heard the news yesterday. So what do we do to keep the funding? The scientists that started this lawsuit have already said they are prepared to fight and Judge Lamberth still has the option to appeal. I was surprised the Appeals Court panel that overturned the ban was made up of only 3 judges. Any idea what next steps will be? Does it make sense to write to other appeals court judges?

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    Sharon, one thing is for sure; the anti stem cell(embryonic) advocates will conitnue their fight. I know that Obama and more improtantly, advocated for real science progression with life saving therapies will fight on. We as patients and the knwoledge of what can be achieved are improtant components to the fight. In the end, the reserch and science and the RIGHT THING TO DO, will win and progress. Unfortunly we are in the transtion period fot this all to get sorted out. We must continue to advocate and let our voices be heard.


    keeping on

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    I'm glad you posted it because I have missed this news!

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