Rice University expert available to comment on stem cell court ruling

first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: [email protected] University expert available to comment on stem cell court rulingIn a controversial 2-1 decision today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. ruled against an injunction imposed last August by a federal judge who said all embryonic stem cell research at the National Institutes of Health amounted to destruction of embryos and thus this violated congressional spending laws.In response, the White House stated “Today’s ruling is a victory for our scientists and patients around the world who stand to benefit from the groundbreaking medical research they’re pursuing.”Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available today to comment on the court’s ruling, along with what this means for stem cell funding and research. Matthews has been researching the stem cell issue for the past seven years.“The judges made the right call. This injunction caused a great deal of harm for stem cell researchers and would have dramatically hurt advancements in the field of study had it been upheld,” Matthews said. “However, the courts could go through this process again since the actual case has not been ruled on by District Court Judge Royce Lamberth.”To speak with Matthews, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or [email protected] AddThislast_img read more