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Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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Stem Cell Lawsuit Back Again
19 September 2011 4:35 pm
As expected, the plaintiffs in a law suit claiming that federally funded research on human embryonic stem cells (hESC) is illegal have appealed a ruling that dealt them a defeat earlier this summer.
Scientists James Sherley and Theresa Deisher filed their suit 2 years ago, arguing that the National Institutes of Health (NIH's) policy easing Bush-era restrictions on research using hESCs violated a law banning federally funded research that destroys embryos. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth agreed in August 2010 and granted a preliminary injunction in their favor that halted hESC research. But an appeals court soon stayed the injunction and last spring ruled 2-1 in favor of NIH. In July, Lamberth too ruled in favor of NIH, writing that he had little choice but to follow the appeals court decision.
The plaintiffs have now appealed Lamberth's ruling in a two-page notice dated 19 September. The appeals court will now issue a schedule for briefs and oral arguments. Legal experts have predicted that the plaintiffs will lose in the appeals court and will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where their chances of success also seem slim.