Judge Rules In Favor Of Stem Cell Funding


The Obama administration got another victory in its push for innovative scientific research today as a district court dismissed a challenge to the National Institutes of Health plan to move ahead with stem cell research.

The district court had originally issued an injunction, stopping the research moving forward.  But in April that injunction was decisively overturned by an appeals court who in a 2-1 ruling held the case against the Obama administration would likely fail on the merits.  That sent the case back to the district court who today held that it was bound by the appellate court’s analysis of the merits of the case.  NIH funding for stem cell research can proceed.

The decision is an enormous victory for the scientific community who had applauded the appeals court’s ruling as one that “normalized” the policy of allowing embryonic stem-cell research so long as the cells are not derived using government funds.

One of President Obama’s first acts in office was to issue an executive order reversing the Bush years assault on stem cell research funding by restoring federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research and other types of research.

The Obama guidelines do not allow the use of federal dollars to create the stem cells but do allow researchers to work with stem cells made by another lab.

Dr. James Sherley of Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Theresa Deisher of AVM Biotechnology brought the challenge, arguing the the guidelines would harm their work by increasing the competition for limited federal funding.  Both work with adult stem cells and both oppose the use of embryonic cells.

Sherley and Deisher have vowed to take their fight all the way to the Supreme Court, so an appeal of today’s ruling is likely.

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Appeals Court Overturns Judges Ruling Against Federal Funding For Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Faith Purdy
Faith Purdy5 years ago

this is great news!

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

This is long awaited news, that should have happened years ago. The U.S.A. is falling behind many other industrialized nations, in the science sector.
It is most pertinent to save the lives of those already born, into this world. If our populations decreased procreating, today, we would be sustainable for many years to come.

It becomes very tiring, listening to some uninformed people, suggesting that President Obama has not accomplished many of his goals.
Do these people know how to read?
This information is easily obtained at:

By the way, you may also, learn, what our President has not accomplished.

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

I anticipate the wide-spread use of our own adult (autologous) stem cells very soon to treat so many illnesses we now succumb to! In other nations, adult stem cells are curing and or improving the pumping action of the heart by renewing the tissue/muscle weakened from heart failure, among many other treatments. They have high hopes for cancer treatments, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and so many other conditions. People are dying needlessly now, so I hope the FDA does not stymie approval by labeling our own blood and fat cells "DRUGS" for big pharma to market!!!

Marjaana V.
m y.5 years ago

and how much research could have been funded with the money uselessly spent on litigation?

John & Judy K.

Well there are some intelligent judges in the world, maybe this one is not getting paid on the side!

Linda H.
Linda h.5 years ago

Now the Supreme Court. Too bad. These idiots can't be trusted unless it puts money in their pockets.

Pamela D.
Pamela D.5 years ago

Finally, some good news.

DORIS L.5 years ago


Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

Excellent news:-)

Diana S.
Diana S.5 years ago

YAY!!!!! Finally a judge willing to rule FOR THE PEOPLE, and against those hallucinating, bible-thumping wackos!