Appeals court splits over embryonic stem cells

September 28, 2010 by MassDevice staff

Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit revealed a division over whether to overturn a ban on federal funding of research using embryonic stem cells.

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The three-judge panel on a federal appeals court considering whether to overturn a ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research revealed a split during a hearing yesterday.

President Barack Obama's administration is appealing a lower court decision banning federal funding of the research. During yesterday's hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, two of the judges questioned the U.S. Justice Dept.'s arguments that the ban would do irreparable harm to the public interest, while a third seemed more sympathetic.

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