Government financed stem cell research continues due to a US appeals court’s ruling Friday. The ban on the research was originally lifted March 2009 by the Obama Administration. Immediately after, US District Judge Royce Lamberth prevented the ban from moving forward by issuing a temporary injunction on the move as the legal challenge went ahead. Pending a final decision, the suspension was itself overruled on appeal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 on Friday against the law that states federal funding is illegal for research that destroys or damages human embryos. This ruling is considered to be momentous for President Obama as well as those that may be helped by the significant research. For scientists and patients, this is a victory.
The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, had the suit opposing the research brought against them by some Christian groups. Many religious spokespersons and groups say embryonic research is unethical and should be rendered illegal. NIH Director Francis Collins said, “This is a momentous day – not only for science, but for the hopes of thousands of patients and their families who are relying on NIH-funded scientists to pursue life-saving discoveries and therapies that could come from stem cell research.”
Scientist are convinced stem cell research may lead to treatments ans cures for debilitating ailments such as Alzheimer’s, spinal injuries, and Parkinson’s. Nick Papas, a White House spokesperson, said, “Responsible stem cell research has the potential to treat some of our most devastating diseases and conditions and offers hope to families across the country and around the world.”