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ESC Controversy, a Proposed Stay and a Notice of Appeal

The Justice Department, 8/31/10 asked a US judge to temporarily stay his ruling (from last week) that blocked the federal government from funding research involving human embryonic stem cells.  

  • The department asked US Chief District Court Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington to stay his preliminary injunction against federal funding while the government appeals the ruling.

In a 23-page legal filing, Justice Department lawyers said the stay was needed “in order to avoid terminating research projects midstream, invalidating results in process and impeding or negating years of scientific progress toward finding new treatments for devastating illnesses … through research involving human embryonic stem cells,”

  • Government lawyers also officially filed their notice of appeal in the case,
  • If Lamberth declines to stay his ruling, the department could file the request with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (HWM and WSJ)