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September 9, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan and Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
The National Institutes of Health may temporarily resume funding for research involving human embryonic stem cells, an appeals court ruled Thursday — though uncertainty over the future of the field remains, scientists said. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a one-page order that blocked a prohibition — set in place last month, to the shock of many scientists — against federal funding for the controversial research. A three-judge panel asked parties in the lawsuit to supply additional information by Sept.
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NEWS
September 7, 2010
Last month, Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., threw the entire field of human embryonic stem cell research into doubt when he ordered the National Institutes of Health to stop funding research projects involving the cells. Since the cell lines are derived from young embryos – which are destroyed in the process – a law called the Dickey-Wicker Amendment prohibits the federal government from funding the research, he explained in a preliminary injunction that took the NIH and scientists across the country by surprise.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan and Noam N. Levey,
A U.S. district judge on Monday blocked the federal government from funding all research involving human embryonic stem cells on the grounds that it violates a 1996 law intended to prevent the destruction of of human embryos. The ruling came in the form of a preliminary injunction in a case involving two scientists who challenged the Obama administration's stem cell funding policy, which was designed to expand federal support for the controversial research. Embryonic stem cell researchers said the decision would throw the field into turmoil.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2010 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When a freak snowstorm shut down the Memphis, Tenn., airport late last month, Rebecca Skloot's flight to New York was canceled. So Skloot drove five hours to St. Louis to catch a plane from there. The science journalist had spent 10 years working on her first book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," and ABC News wanted to talk to her. A little weather wasn't going to slow her down. Very little can. Skloot, 37, has the whirlwind energy of someone half her age. And nothing gets her going like the story of Lacks, a woman she never met -- one who has, in fact, been dead for almost 60 years.
SCIENCE
August 8, 2009 | Karen Kaplan
Scientists have long complained that the Bush administration's stem cell funding policy restricted their research to only a handful of human embryonic stem cell lines. A study published Friday in Nature Biotechnology confirms that the majority of lab experiments over the past decade has indeed focused on two or three cell lines -- the result of choices made by both Bush and the scientists themselves. Researchers from Stanford University, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan analyzed all 1,217 requests for stem cell lines that were made to the National Stem Cell Bank between 1999 and 2008.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2009 | From Times Wire Services
The government issued final rules Monday expanding taxpayer-funded research using embryonic stem cells, easing scientists' fears that some of the oldest batches might not qualify and promising a master list of all that do.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Stem cell research in the U.S. would expand under proposed rules allowing federal government funding for scientists who work with embryos that were created at fertility clinics but went unused. The guidelines released by the National Institutes of Health would expand the number of stem cell lines available for research from the current 20 to an estimated several hundred, said Raynard S. Kington, acting NIH director. The draft rules would ban U.S. funding to scientists using stem cells from embryos created solely for research purposes.
SCIENCE
January 11, 2008 | Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Scientists reported Thursday that for the first time they have made human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, a development that the government's top stem cell official said would make the controversial research eligible for federal funding. Story Landis, who chairs the National Institute of Health's stem cell task force, said that with certain safeguards, the new method appeared to comply with federal restrictions that have largely cut scientists off from the $28 billion the government spends on medical research each year.
SCIENCE
November 15, 2007 | By Karen Kaplan and Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
After years of false starts and an international scientific scandal, researchers said Wednesday that they had achieved a feat that some scientists believed was impossible -- cloning a monkey embryo from a skin cell of an adult and using it to harvest embryonic stem cells. Scientists have previously cloned embryos and adult animals of a variety of species, including rats, dogs and cattle. But primates -- the family that includes monkeys and humans -- have proved remarkably resistant to the most sophisticated techniques in the cloner's arsenal.
OPINION
August 5, 2005 | DAVID GELERNTER
I WOULD LOVE TO JOIN Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and many other conservatives who have decided to support federal funding for wide-ranging research in a hugely promising new area -- embryonic stem cells. I'd love to, but I can't. Stem cells can be made to generate nearly any type of human tissue, including types that might cure disease and save lives. They are taken from human embryos that are destroyed in the process. But the results might help alleviate horrific human suffering.
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