Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement in response to an appeals court panel ruling today that overturned a ruling issued last August that would have halted federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Harkin, a long-time leader in the fight to advance to stem cell research, chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds medical research and the Senate health committee.
"On behalf of all of the scientists and researchers on the forefront of stem cell research and the countless families impacted by the potential cures this research offers, we celebrate that the tide is turning in our favor. This ruling, based on the merits, protects the ability of scientists to continue to explore the promise of stem cell research. My hope is that the legal wrangling ends here. Because if the last few years have proven anything, it is that our fight to preserve funding for stem cell research -- one of the most promising areas of medical research available today -- must continue. "