NC researcher's stem cell experiments in jeopardy

Raleigh, NC - CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina stem cell researchers may have to walk away from projects after a federal judge blocked Obama administration regulations expanding the studies.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate student may have to abandon a thesis and another UNC researcher could be among the first in the country to lose federal stem cell research funding.

President Obama last year expanded the availability of stem cells from human embryos for federally funded research. But a federal judge in Washington on Monday temporarily blocked stem cell research from receiving federal funds.

Nearly 60% of stem cell research at UNC started after the 2009 order and focuses on how stem cells can grow into any cell in the body.

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