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Embryonic stem cell research continues to be a hot-button issue nationwide, yet a federal district court's decision in August to block federal funding for this research brought the debate a lot closer to home.

The University of California was able to resume its work with stem cells when the issued injunction was temporarily lifted this month. Yet the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals, which is currently reviewing the case, could rule to once again block funding.

Ultimately, we hope the Court of Appeals overturns the injunction to allow research to definitively continue with federal funding. The federal district court's decision seems nothing more than a political stunt. Funds for stem cell research have previously been established as a part of the federal budget and were successfully approved at that level.

At a smaller and more local level, the university deserves this funding since general attitudes in California also appear to be in support of such studies: 59 percent of voters passed Proposition 71 in 2004, which approved grants that provide state funding for embryonic stem cell research.

With this history in mind, we are glad that the university has filed a motion to try and intervene in this case. Although it is the first institution that has done so, we would like to see other affected organizations join in to defend federal funding. As long as the university continues to be careful and deliberate with this controversial research, there should be no reason to stop its progression.






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