Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Federal judge suspends funding for embryonic stem cell research
Embryonic stem cell research funded by the U.S. Government was suspended by Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Royce Lamberth on Aug. 23rd.
Judge Lamberth issued an injunction that blocks the continued application of 2009's federal guidelines governing grants for research on stem cells taken from human embryos. While the court case continues, federal funds will not be allowed to be dispersed for any related experimentation.
Specifically, Judge Lamberth ruled against last year's National Institutes of Health regulations outlining government-subsidized scientific research. Proponents of embryonic stem cell research hail the initiative as a revolutionary medical breakthrough, while critics of such research disagree with the benefits of embryonic stem cells. In addition, detractors cite religious and moral conflicts associated with the procedure.
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