Judge Throws Out Stem Cell Funding Suit

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A federal judge threw out a lawsuit that challenged the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research. Two scientists claimed it violated the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law to used taxpayer money on work that harms human embryos. But U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth--who originally said the lawsuit would succeed-- sided with an appeals court that argued the embryos were already taken in by private funding long ago. The two plaintiffs, James Sherley and Theresa Deisher, said that Obama's loosening of Bush-era restrictions on stem cell research unfairly diverted money from their specialty, adult (post-embryonic) stem cell research, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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