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U.S. stem cell ruling appealed

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration appealed a ruling Tuesday that blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration appealed a ruling Tuesday that blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

The Justice Department asked federal Judge Royce Lamberth to lift a preliminary injunction that disrupted stem cell research aimed at treating spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health, which funds medical research, said 22 projects worth $54 million would be stopped in their tracks if the injunction went ahead.

In March 2009, Obama issued an executive order in which he revoked restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research imposed by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

New guidelines followed, allowing researchers to use stem cells from surplus embryos donated by patients at fertility clinics

Lamberth, U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia, ruled that the pending lawsuit launched by the group Nightlight Christian Adoptions against the Obama policy was likely to succeed in its argument that such research violates the intent of a law prohibiting use of taxpayer dollars to fund work that destroys an embryo.

With files from The Associated Press