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Bad News for hESC Funding?

Some are worried that the judges scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of federal support for human embryonic stem cell research will rule against stem cell funding.

By | December 12, 2011

image: Bad News for hESC Funding? Human embryonic stem cellsWikimedia Commons, Nissim Benvenisty

Human embryonic stem cellsWIKIMEDIA COMMONS, NISSIM BENVENISTY

Two years ago, two researchers filed a case challenging the legality of the National Institutes of Health’s new guidelines on the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. After a temporary halting of the funding that shocked the field, the hold was overturned and the case later dismissed altogether in July. In September, the plaintiffs appealed the ruling. Now, the case is set to be heard by three judges in a federal appeals court next April, and some researchers are concerned that it’s not a sure-win for the NIH.

Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, who appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, voted against the NIH last April, and the other judges assigned to the case—Chief Judge David Sentelle, appointed by Ronald Reagan, and Janice Rogers Brown, appointed by George W. Bush—may side similarly. "It's a very difficult draw for us," Tony Mazzaschi of the Association of American Medical Colleges told ScienceInsider.

Briefs are due to the court by mid-March, and oral arguments are scheduled for the morning of April 23. Mazzaschi expects a ruling could be rendered in the fall.

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December 12, 2011

Please stop whining and go get real jobs... stop living of the taxpayer with your pie in the sky research.

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December 12, 2011

Please stop whining and go get real jobs... stop living of the taxpayer with your pie in the sky research.

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December 12, 2011

Please stop whining and go get real jobs... stop living of the taxpayer with your pie in the sky research.

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