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Stem Cell Lawsuit Dismissed

The University of Michigan said it was pleased with a judge's rejection of a U.S. lawsuit intending to block stem cell research funding.

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The University of Michigan's Sean Morrison, director of the university's Center for Stem Cell Biology, issued this statement on U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth's ruling today (July 27,2011) dismissing a lawsuit that sought to block federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research:

“We welcome Judge Lamberth's decision in the Sherley v. Sebelius case. This ruling clears the way for the National Institutes of Health to continue funding critical embryonic stem cell research throughout the country. It remains important to pursue all forms of stem cell research, including both embryonic and adult stem cell research. Much more work needs to be done to determine which kinds of stem cells will lead to future scientific and medical advances. This ruling also allows the NIH to continue funding research based on scientific merit rather than having courts influence the distribution of funds among scientific disciplines.”