The WSJ gives a more in depth profile of the two researchers who brought suit against government funding policies for embryonic stem cell research. Neither knew each other and each was recruited by legal groups seeking to challenge the funding policy. In reading the article, both seem to be sincere in their opposition but also have activist pasts - so not strangers to controversy.
Both would appear to have a bit of an axe to grind as they work in adult stem cell areas. The feel that they get short shrift when it comes to government funding, as from their perspective embryonic stem cell work gets favored treatment from government programs. Having said that, Deisher has never applied for Federal funding and that would seem to weaken any argument that she is passed over or disadvantaged in some way.
Looks like the case will now be picked up by the Obama adminstration on appeal with thoughts of achieving at least a stay until a more permanent ruling is reached. The political sphere will now also become more involved with members of Congress who oppose the ruling, perhaps looking to pass a law that will effectively nullify Judge Royce Lamberth's ruling. Drs. Sherley and Deisher will also start their tour of Capitol Hill to garner support for their position.
This is only the beginning of this ballgame I'm sure. Lawyers and law makers are up in the bullpen.
Posted by Bruce Lehr September 2nd 2010.