Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Administration Stem Cell Policy

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Sherley v. Sebelius, letting stand the Court of Appeals ruling, enabling the Obama Administration’s policy on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research to remain in place.

This represents a welcome end to three years of litigation on this issue which had caused some uncertainty in the science community on the long-term viability of federal support for hESC research.

A statement from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, on the Court’s decision is available here.