Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected a request to hear a case regarding the legality of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. The case, Sherley v. Sebelius, was first filed in 2009 and has made its way through several appeals courts. The courts never ruled in favor of those looking to ban hESC research, although the plaintiffs were granted a brief preliminary injunction in 2010. With the Supreme Court’s rejection today, the plaintiffs have no further legal options for making their case.
As previously discussed on the Blotter, ASBMB has long supported federal funding for hESC research and strongly supports clarifying and strengthening legislative language regarding funding for this research.