Appeals Court Temporarily Allows Stem Cell Funding
It will continue as case proceeds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2010 3:50 PM CDT
In this May 1, 2008 file photo, U.S. District Judge Judge Royce C. Lamberth is seen during a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – A federal appeals court today permitted US government funding of stem cell research to proceed for now, while it considers a judge's ruling that had temporarily shut off the funds. The government is asking the appeals court in Washington to strike down a preliminary order by US District Judge Royce Lamberth blocking federal funding for some stem cell research.

The three-member appeals panel says it is suspending Lamberth's ruling for now. The appeals judges say they want more time to deal with issues in the government's appeal. Twenty-two stem cell projects around the country were scheduled to receive new checks in September, and thus were presumed to be planning to stop work when their money ran out.