The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthamology (ARVO), the world's largest international association of eye and vision scientists, released as statement opposing the Federal Court injunction on embryonic stem cell work.
The statement disputes Judge Lamberth's contention that his ruling would "not seriously harm hESC researchers because the injunction would simply preserve the status quo..." ARVO members state that their research has already been disrupted as they have been forced to separate infrastructure, equipment and personnel funded by Federal Agencies from those funded by private sources. The NIH announced earlier this week that it was shutting down all its intramural hESC projects. Sounds like an effect, does it not?
ARVO states that liberal stem cell policies work in the favor of its members in Australia, Belgium, China, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Members in the United States, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Poland labor under more restrictive policies.
ARVO generally supports Francis Collins, NIH Director, statement that the US will be put at a scientific disadvantage under the injunction that threatens to stop all progress in the field and its future promise.
Posted by Bruce Lehr September 2nd 2010.