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U.S. Stem-Cell Research Can Continue, Appeals Court Says

U.S. funding of human embryonic stem-cell studies can continue while a lower court decides whether the government-backed research violates the law, a federal appeals court said.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today reversed a preliminary order that would have blocked the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the National Institutes of Health from spending government money on researching embryonic stem-cells, known as ESC, until the district court judge rules. The court had put a hold on the order in September.