The New York Times reports today on the ruling by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the Federal District Court for the Disctrict of Columbia in a case that brought the Obama administration's support for embryo-destructive stem cell research into question. Although it is unclear how the Justice Department will interpret the Judge's ruling, Judge Lamberth was clear in his assertion that “If one step or ‘piece of research’ of an E.S.C. [embryonic stem cell] research project results in the destruction of an embryo, the entire project is precluded from receiving federal funding.”
Scientists receiving federal funding for their research reacted with dismay: " 'I have had to tell everyone in my lab that when they feed their cells tomorrow morning, they better use media that has not been funded by the federal government,' said Dr. George Q. Daley, director of the stem cell transplantation program at Children’s Hospital Boston, referring to food given to cells. 'This ruling means an immediate disruption of dozens of labs doing this work since the Obama administration made its order.' "
The full article can be read here: Judge Halts Obama's Expansion of Stem Cell Research