August 31, 2010 / 6:58 PM / 9 years ago

Obama administration appeals stem cell injunction

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that blocked federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and asked the judge who issued the injunction to put it on hold pending the appeal.

The Justice Department asked Judge Royce Lamberth to lift the injunction he imposed last week after two doctors sued over the administration’s policy saying it violated U.S. law because it involved destroying embryos and that it also made it more difficult for them to win federal research grants.

Lamberth’s injunction was having an adverse impact on current federally funded stem cell research, the Justice Department said in a court filing. (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Jackie Frank)

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