Republican Judge Upholds Stem Cell Funding

Judge Royce Lamberth, who previously suspended all federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, reversed course and dismissed a lawsuit by religiously conservative scientists seeking to end this funding. Lamberth’s decision comes after a very conservative appeals court panel reversed a preliminary decision by Lamberth ruling in favor of the scientists, while also leaving open the possibility that Lamberth could suspend the research again on different legal grounds. Today’s decision rejected all of the plaintiffs’ remaining arguments.