Obama Administration Appeals Order Blocking Stem Cell Research

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Obama administration has appealed a federal judge’s order that undercuts federally funded embryonic stem cell research.

The Justice Department on Tuesday filed its appeal with the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

Federal officials want U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to reconsider his restraining order.

Lamberth blocked government funding of embryonic stem cell research last week. The judge says a lawsuit claiming the government is violating a law that prohibits use of taxpayer dollars in work that destroys a viable embryo.

Dozens of experiments aimed at fighting spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and other ailments probably will stop during the legal proceedings.

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