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    Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    I for one am glad that stem cell research has been unbanned, there's absolutely no reason for it to be banned. What are your thoughts on this recent development?

    Fox News
    A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday that the Obama administration can use federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, a decision that overturns a judge's order last year and hands the White House a major victory.

    In a 2-1 decision, the court said that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop it.

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

    The 1996 law prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars in work that harms an embryo, so private money has been used to cull batches of the cells. Those batches can reproduce in lab dishes indefinitely, and the Obama administration issued rules permitting taxpayer dollars to be used in work on them.

    Stem cell research holds the potential to address some of the most difficult areas in the medical field -- from spinal cord injury to diabetes to Parkinson's, which all have resisted traditional treatment.

    Read more: Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research - FoxNews.com

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    WASHINGTON -- A divided federal appeals court has ruled that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop it.

    In a 2-1 decision Friday, the panel of the U.S. court of appeals in Washington overturned a judge's order that would have blocked taxpayer funding for stem cell research.

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

    The 1996 law prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars in work that harms an embryo, so private money has been used to cull batches of the cells. Those batches can reproduce in lab dishes indefinitely, and the Obama administration issued rules permitting taxpayer dollars to be used in work on them.

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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    I think Obama is a disgrace for not overturning this ban as soon as he came into office.

    I think it's imperative that the Supreme Court be packed with Justices who are pro-science as cases like this become more frequent in the coming years.

    This is all really a prelude to the cases about human cloning we will see in the next couple of decades.
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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    As a lifer, I was glad it was banned for TAX DOLLAR research.

    And you'll excuse me if I note: bite me.

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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    As a lifer
    It's ironic that somebody who claims to be a "lifer" would be opposed to medical research

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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    I'm not opposed to medical research. I'm opposed to using tax dollars for research and methods of questionable ethics. Private research can do as it likes, within some reason.

    It's my tax dollar, I get a say, you won this battle. Proud o' ya.

    So? You wanna rub it in? Talk about how stupid and unscientific I am?
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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    So? You wanna rub it in? Talk about how stupid and unscientific I am?
    Stupid? No. Dangerous? Yes.

    Trying to put the skids on medical research like you're doing is dangerous. It will do harm to people.

    Don't be confused. I didn't win, I lost. We all lost. Since the ban we've lost about a decade of precious research time. If the ban is lifted we can stop losing and start gaining.
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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I'm not opposed to medical research. I'm opposed to using tax dollars for research and methods of questionable ethics. Private research can do as it likes, within some reason.

    It's my tax dollar, I get a say, you won this battle. Proud o' ya.

    So? You wanna rub it in? Talk about how stupid and unscientific I am?
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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    I think Obama is a disgrace for not overturning this ban as soon as he came into office.
    Huh?

    The ban they're talking about went into effect well after Obama took office, and he doesn't have the authority to overturn it.

    If you're talking about overturning the Bush policy - he did that sometime within the first month or two of taking office.

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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Don't be confused. I didn't win, I lost. We all lost. Since the ban we've lost about a decade of precious research time. If the ban is lifted we can stop losing and start gaining.
    The ban that has been in effect for "about a decade" is still in effect. The appeals court overruled the district judge's interpretation of the law - it did not declare the law unconstitutional or otherwise void.

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    Re: Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By US Appeals Court

    First, the "Research" wasn't banned...you probably should get your terminology straight....

    Second.... where has all of the success come from in the Stem Cell realm?
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