Stem cell injunction: a lawyer’s eye view

Judge Lamberth’s court injunction on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research was temporarily lifted September 9, but much remains in question. In today’s edition of Nature (September 23rd), a legal panel examines the case. Panelist Patrick Taylor, former Chief Counsel for Research Affairs at Children’s, weighs in on the ambiguities of the Dickey-Wicker amendment, what kind of legislative action is needed, and the prospects for NIH funding of research on the embryonic stem cell lines created under Obama, the so-called Bush Lines, and new lines waiting to be created.