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Court Grants Permanent Stay in Stem Cell Case

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) can continue to support human embryonic stem cell research while the government fights a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s funding policies, an appeals court ruled late Tuesday.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia permanently stayed an injunction imposed on Aug. 23 by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who ruled that the NIH’s July 2009 funding guidelines violated the so-called Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for the creation of human embryos for research or research in which human embryos are destroyed or discarded.

A three-judge panel from the appeals court earlier this month had temporarily stayed the injunction, and on Monday, the court heard oral arguments about whether taxpayer dollars should fund hESC research while the case is waged.

On Tuesday, the appeals court said the government had satisfied the standards required for a stay pending appeal.

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Justice Dept. Appeals For Restarting Stem Cell Research

The Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to suspend a temporary injunction he issued last week blocking the funding and filed a notice of plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Lamberth, ruling in a lawsuit filed by two researchers working on alternatives to the cells, said the funding violated a federal rule that prohibits federal tax money from being used for research that involves the destruction of human embryos.

“The government is seeking a stay of the court’s injunction to prevent the irreparable harm and financial harm that could occur if these lifesaving research projects are forced to abruptly shut down,” Justice Department spokesperson Tracy Schmaler said in a statement. “The great potential for significant additional medical breakthroughs is at risk if this research is halted pending the appeals process.”

Lamberth’s injunction “causes irrevocable harm to the millions of extremely sick or injured people who stand to benefit from continuing research, as well as taxpayers who have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on this research through public funding of projects which will now be forced to shut down,” she said.

Source: The Washington Post

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Obama’s New Embryonic Stem Cell Research Policy

Washington, D.C.– With President Obama’s newly established policy concerning embryonic stem cell research, scientists will now have the chance to explore the use of stem cells derived from excess fertility clinic embryos, with the aid of federal funding, according to a document issued by the president on March 9, 2009. In the document titled “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells”, the policy established by President Bush, placed great limitations on the progress of such research, due to the lack of federal funds.

A reported 13 new stem cell lines are the first additions to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Stem Cell Registry and 96 more lines allegedly have been sent in by researchers. The new developments in medical advancement seem to be on their way, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

With this executive order opening so many doors in the science and medical fields, individuals affected by physical disorders or illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may have a greater likelihood of receiving beneficial treatment through the use of embryonic stem cells. For instance, when mesenchymal stem cells (found in bone marrow) were transplanted into the brain of a car crash victim who suffered a traumatic brain injury, the outcome was shocking. This surgery took place in Bangladore, India, the second place in the world to use mesenchymal stem cells in correlation with TBI’s. The motor vehicle collision (MVC) victim that underwent this procedure was in a coma for three months, and lacked any ability to move her limbs prior to the stem cell therapy. Approximately a month later, the patient was fully conscious and could reportedly move her limbs and carry out conversations.

Federal funding in stem cell research, acquired scientific research and experimentation in this field has a great potential to create medical advancements that could help millions of individuals throughout the nation.

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New Ethics Criteria Threatens Stem Cell Research

Earlier this year, President Obama lifted restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research with many scientists hailing the decision as a fantastic boost for stem cell research, one of the most promising fields of research in medicine.

Since that signing, there have been several that have concluded that the plan could have the opposite effect, putting off-limits for federal support much of the research underway, including work that the Bush administration endorsed. “We’re very concerned,” said Amy Comstock Rick, chief executive of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, “If they don’t change this, very little current research would be eligible. It’s a huge issue.”

The main concern is the focus on strict new ethics criteria that the National Institutes of Health has proposed. Current advocates of stem cell research say that the majority of the research being done in the field at this time has passed close scrutiny but that the procedures varied and usually did not match the details specified in these newly proposed guidelines.

“It’s not that past practices were shoddy,” said Lawrence S. Goldstein, director of the stem cell program at the University of California at San Diego. “But they don’t necessarily meet every letter of the new guidelines moving forward. We’d have to throw everything out and start all over again.”

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Obama Talks Embryonic Stem Cell Research at Notre Dame

During his graduation speech to the class of 2009 at the University of Notre Dame, President Barack Obama emphasized the use of embryonic stem cell research for juvenile diabetes. During part of President Obama’s commencement speech focusing on the political and cultural disagreements Notre Dame students will encounter as they go into life, Barack Obama approached the controversial topic of stem cell research.

“Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their son’s or daughter’s hardships can be relieved,” he said.

Obama’s speech was met with applause at Notre Dame, although a number of protesters awaited outside the building, protesting the use of embryonic stem cells.

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