U.S. judge: Obama's stem cell policy breaks law on human embryos

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., concluded that President Barack Obama's executive order to boost funding for embryonic stem cell research violated the Dickey-Wicker amendment, a law that bans the use of federal funds for research involved in the destruction of human embryos. Some medical experts expressed concern that the decision, which prevents the NIH from awarding stem cell study grants without a court order, could severely hamper research on stem cell treatments.

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