By BRENT KENDALL
WASHINGTON—Federal money can continue to fund human embryonic stem-cell research, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, in a significant legal victory for the Obama administration.
The U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling, overturned a judge's preliminary injunction blocking government funding.
The appeals court said the National Institutes of Health reasonably concluded that government funding for embryonic stem-cell research is not prohibited by a 1996 law that bars the use of federal money for research in which an embryo is destroyed.
One of President Barack Obama's first acts on science policy after taking office was to take down barriers to stem-cell research set up by President George W. Bush in August 2001.