Obama Administration to Continue Its Backing for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court gave a green signal to the Obama administration to continue its funding for the embryonic stem cell research. However, legal disputes are still ongoing whether to sustain or rebuff the interdict inflicted by a lower court judge.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs said, "We're heartened that the court will allow NIH and their grantees to continue moving forward while the appeal is resolved".

It is reported that the study would have got disturbed by even a short ban on funds. The scientists are optimistic that the research will pave way to treatments for debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord problems.

In the case, the petitioners are two scientists who claim that federal support for embryonic stem cell research is against the law because embryos should not be obliterated.

Also, they feel that if the administration extends its support for embryonic stem cell research, they would not be able to receive Government funding for their adult stem cell research.

Their claim seems to be illogical as the two studies are different from each other. Plus, there are no prescribed limits on how much can be splurged on either of the studies.