Officials at the University of Iowa say this week’s court ruling barring the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells could mean the loss of tens of thousands of dollars for the university. Steve Praderelli, a spokesman for the university, says $110,000 in federal funds are at stake for work on embryonic stem cells, but most U-of-I research is done on mice, or adult stem cells.
“As I understand it, this has to do with renewal of funding, so it does not affect our current funding stream,” Praderelli says. “So, no, as far as I know, this does not have an immediate impact on any of our stem cell research here.” Some labs around the country believe research underway may have to be abandoned because of the judge’s ruling, but Praderelli says that does not appear to be the case of the University of Iowa.
“We’re still studying the ruling to determine what, if any impact, it’s going to have on our research,” Praderelli says. The ruling may prevent the renewal of some federal grants, according to Praderelli. The Obama Administration plans to appeal the judge’s injunction.