Nina Mendelson

Confused by the Stem Cell Ruling? We Were Too.
August 26, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth threw embryonic stem cell research into chaos Monday when he ruled that federal funding for the research was illegal. Citizen Cohn talked to Nina Mendelson, a professor of administrative law at the University of Michigan Law School. Here’s a condensed and edited version of our interview: AH: On what merits did Judge Lamberth overturn embryonic stem cell research funding? NM: The plaintiffs argued that the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding guidelines were illegal because of the Dickey-Wicker amendment, an appropriations rider.