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US court says federal money can be used for embryonic stem cell research

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2799 (Published 04 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2799
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

On 29 April the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ended the injunction prohibiting government funding of research using human embryonic stem cells. The court said that the National Institutes of Health can use federal money to support research using these cells.

Although the ruling is a success for President Barack Obama’s administration and the judges’ opinions supported President Obama’s position, the battle will continue in a lower court.

The injunction was issued last August by Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, a lower court. The case was brought by two scientists who work with adult stem …

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