Judge halts US funding of embryonic stem cell research

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4689
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington

    Research and patient communities were shocked by a federal judge’s decision that all US government funding for research using embryonic stem cells is to be blocked with immediate effect, pending the outcome of a trial into whether such funding is legal.

    Judge Royce Lamberth issued the decision on 23 August in Washington, DC. The next day the Obama administration said it would appeal the injunction, probably within a week.

    Lamberth originally ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. An appeals court agreed in part but said two researchers working with adult stem cells did have standing and ordered a trial. Lamberth then found that the plaintiffs were likely to win their case and issued the injunction on all government spending on such research, pending that trial.

    The lawsuit …

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