Nebraska stem cell research funding may be in jeopardy

University of Nebraska Medical Center officials are wondering whether a federal judge's ruling jeopardizes funding for the school's research using human embryonic stem cells.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said federal funding violates a federal law barring the use of taxpayer money for experiments that destroy human embryos. His injunction prohibits the National Institutes of Health from funding research under the administration's new guidelines.

Thomas Rosenquist is UNMC vice chancellor for research. He said late Wednesday that just one of UNMC's human embryonic stem cell projects is supported by NIH money.

Rosenquist says UNMC is still awaiting word from NIH on whether the judge's ruling will affect support for the project.