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NIH Orders Halt To Embryonic Stem Cell Research 593

sciencehabit writes "Responding to a court order issued a week ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday ordered intramural researchers studying human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to shut down their experiments. NIH's action — probably unprecedented in its history — is a response to a preliminary injunction on 23 August from US District Judge Royce Lamberth. The judge ruled that the Obama policy allowing NIH funding to be used to study hESC lines violates a law prohibiting the use of federal funds to destroy embryos."
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NIH Orders Halt To Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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  • by vux984 (928602) on Monday August 30, 2010 @02:52PM (#33418742)

    "As always, not mentioned..."

    Unless you RTFA....

  • by Haffner (1349071) on Monday August 30, 2010 @03:27PM (#33419198)
    The people who sit around all day and are too lazy to change the batteries in their remotes even when it dies while watching c-span. Which party does said person belong to?
  • by TheLink (130905) on Monday August 30, 2010 @03:28PM (#33419208) Journal
    Wow and I thought US politics was like US pro-wrestling (two wrestlers, two sides, one commentator per side, each side supports its wrestler no matter what). Looks like I was wrong.

    At least in US pro-wrestling they actually take a chair from outside the ring (even if it's a stage prop) and smack someone with it. Rather than a wimpy fake "agree to chair"[1] somebody, they take the trouble to make a half-decent show of the whole thing.

    [1] I hear in nerdland Microsoft they even use real chairs (and it's not just a token ring either).
  • by Haffner (1349071) on Monday August 30, 2010 @03:29PM (#33419232)
    In my opinion, it should be the majority that gets to decide. From what I have seen, democrats in general tend to be in favor of supporting stem cell research. Plenty of republican women hold the opinion that abortion should be legal, and if that is the case, would agree with embryonic stem cell research. Even if 100% of republican men are against it, if democrats and republicans are anywhere near a 50/50 split, I would bet that the majority is in favor of embryonic stem cell research.
  • by ConceptJunkie (24823) on Monday August 30, 2010 @03:39PM (#33419422) Homepage Journal

    It depends. If they misentered the code for "Fox News" or "TV Land", probably Republican. If they misentered the code for "MSNBC" or a porn channel, probably Democrat.

    If they actually meant to be watching C-Span, they are probably Rain Man, or maybe Ralph Nader.

  • by Mongoose Disciple (722373) on Monday August 30, 2010 @04:30PM (#33420142)

    I'm all for that.

    Unless, of course, you aren't going to live up to the rest of what being Amish entails, in which case you're committing fraud rather than having discovered a clever loophole.

    If you never post again, I'll assume you've decided to give up electricity and go through with it. :)

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981