Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Federal appeals court rejects suit challenging stem cell funding.

Bloomberg News (8/24, Schoenberg, Forden) reported that "a lawsuit challenging U.S. funding for human embryonic stem-cell research was rejected by a federal appeals court in Washington, which upheld a lower court's ruling dismissing the case." According to the article, a "three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today said that U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth 'committed no error' when he threw out the lawsuit filed by James Sherley, a researcher at Boston Biomedical Research Institute, and Theresa Deisher, founder of AVM Biotechnology in Seattle." Bloomberg News details that "the two doctors sought to block the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the National Institutes of Health from spending federal funds on research involving human embryonic stem cells, arguing it violates a law known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment."

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