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Lawsuit to Block Stemcell Funding Is Over

By January 7, 2013

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James Sherley and Theresa Deisher lost their lawsuit attempting to block President Obama's 2009 Executive order rescinding federal limitations on funding human embryonic stem (hES) cells research. The Supreme Court denied the plantiff's petition to appeal the Circuit Court ruling.

The previous ruling in August last year upheld the lower District Court's decision that funding stem cell research does not contradict Congress' 1996 Dicker-Wickey appropriations budget amendment that prohibits use of federal money to create or destroy human embryos, as the two scientist claimed. Today's Supreme Court decision effectively ends the case, and allows the National Institutes of Health to continue support and funding of human stem cell research.

You can also read about the decision on ScienceNews.

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