September 20, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The University of California wants to formally intervene on behalf of stem cell scientists in a lawsuit seeking to deny federal funding for the controversial research.
The university said in a statement Monday that it wants a role in the litigation because of the suit's potential impact on institutions pursuing "lifesaving research" into human embryonic stem cells.
The university says scientists are conducting stem cell research on all 10 of its campuses.
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth in August blocked human embryonic stem cell research from receiving federal funds after concluding that opponents would likely succeed in a lawsuit challenging President Obama's stem cell policy.
A federal appeals court earlier this month temporarily stayed Lamberth's order while the case moves forward.