Missouri judge rejects lawsuit over stem cell research

JEFFERSON CITY | For the second time, a Missouri trial judge has ruled against critics of embryonic stem cell research who want to block state funds from going to life science grants.

At issue is $21 million that would flow from the Life Sciences Research Trust Fund to the Life Sciences Research Board, which then distributes the money as research grants.

Stem cell critics sued over fears for how the money is to be used.

In November, Judge Richard Callahan rejected the lawsuit. He let the critics refile, but sided with the state again on Thursday.

The lawsuit contended that existing limits on how life science grants can be used were trumped by a 2006 constitutional amendment endorsing stem cell research. The stem cell critics had argued that without the restrictions, the life science grants shouldn't be allowed.