The court dates for the lawsuit tying up stem cell research suggest the case won’t be decided until at least Thanksgiving and could take until the end of the year.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday granted a “stay” that allows human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research to continue during an appeal of a 23 August district court preliminary injunction blocking it. Today that court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, set a schedule for documents in the appeal. The last deadline is 4 November; the court will then hear oral arguments, probably sometime before Thanksgiving, predicts Stanford University law professor Hank Greely.

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