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Fight for stem cell funding

The Obama administration yesterday pleaded with a U.S. appeals court to allow federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to continue, arguing a ban would ruin numerous projects and cost millions of dollars.

The Obama administration yesterday pleaded with a U.S. appeals court to allow federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to continue, arguing a ban would ruin numerous projects and cost millions of dollars.

A federal judge last month blocked such funding, saying it violated U.S. law because it involved the destruction of human embryos and put other researchers working with adult stem cells at a competitive disadvantage for federal grants.

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