Appeals court overturns ban on federal funding for stem cell research 

An appeals court has overturned a prior ruling banning the Obama administration from using federal dollars to fund stem cell research.

The Associated Press reports:

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the court of appeals in Washington overturned a judge's order that would have blocked federal financing of stem cell research. The judges ruled that opponents are not likely to succeed in their lawsuit to stop the government funding.

The panel reversed an opinion issued last August by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who said the research likely violates the law against federal funding of embryo destruction.

The White House praised the ruling. "Responsible stem cell research has the potential to treat some of our most devastating diseases and conditions and offers hope to families across the country and around the world," said spokesman Nick Papas. He said the ruling was a victory for scientists and patients.

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