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NIH resumes stem cell funding

The National Institutes of Health announced Friday that it has resumed funding human embryonic stem cell research.

The announcement came in response to a ruling Thursday by a federal appeals court temporarily lifting a temporary injunction that had been issued by a federal judge barring the funding.

Here's the NIH statement:

"We are pleased with the Court's interim ruling, which will allow promising stem cell research to continue while we present further arguments to the Court in the weeks to come. With the temporary stay in place, NIH has resumed intramural research and will continue its consideration of grants that were frozen by the preliminary injunction on August 23. The suspension of all grants, contracts, and applications that involve the use of human embryonic stem cells has been temporarily lifted. Human embryonic stem cell research holds the potential for generating profound new insights into disease, cell-based therapeutics, and novel methods of screening for new drugs."

By Rob Stein  |  September 10, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Stem cells  
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We can only hope that NIH move fast enough to approve funding for the grants left in limbo before the legalistic ghouls strike again.

On a long run, if we want our country to stay at the forefront of scientific progress, we need a law shielding scientific research from political whims. Changing political tides lead to enormous waste of public money, as promising project have to abandoned, groups having unique expertise disbanded and unique knowledge disappears on political whims.

Posted by: enzo0 | September 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Thankfully we all are not being held hostage anymore to what some people think some magic dead guy would have said.

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Posted by: shoestrade57 | September 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

As a paralyzed US Army veteran I salute our commander in chief president Obama for his wisdom and integrity. My fellow vets and me applauded mightily when he signed the executive order to move the research forward. I will one day stand up and maybe even dance with my wife who has always done right by me. Embryonic is the gold standard of the research. Go to the u of Miami or u of California Irvine to find out the truth not what some bible thumper tells you is true. Spinal Cord injury, diabetes, heart muscle repair, blindness, a trachea, a bladder all improved or cured now by HESC. Those opposed will be cutting in line as the therapies come on line. It is either the USA or we let the Germans, the Chinese, or the Indians can reap the rewards and lead the medical world. Huua to the President.

Posted by: jbento | September 11, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

RUSH as many new stem cell brains to the NINDS of NIH and give the so called doctors in that section new brains so they stop lying to the patients in that department and maybe start helping the patients and STOP hurting them.
PLEASE PLEASE help the patients either fire all the doctors in that section or give them new brains BECAUSE THEY NEED THEM ASAP! From Story Landis to janitor William Theodore stop these people from lying to patients.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | September 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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