On 27 July, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the federal government that threatened to halt federally funded research involving human embryonic stems cells. United States District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth ended a lawsuit that was brought against the government by two medical researchers who claimed they were disadvantaged by the Obama Administration’s stem cell policy because they study induced pluripotent stem cells (stem cells derived from adult cells).

Judge Lamberth previously ruled in August 2010 that the federal government had to stop funding research that involves human embryonic stem cells. That decision resulted in the National Institutes of Health halting all intramural stem cell research for two weeks last fall, until a higher court overturned the decision.

Many in the scientific community welcomed the news of the dismissal of the case. The victory is not final, however, as the plaintiffs could attempt to appeal the ruling all the way to the United States Supreme Court.


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