Nature notes that the first brief has been filed in the appeal of the Sherley et al. v. Sebelius et al. case. Dr. James Sherley and Dr. Theresa Deisher have filed suit against HHS and NIH to stop federal taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research. The initial appeals brief (Appellants' Brief) was filed by attorneys for Drs. Sherley and Deisher.

The briefing schedule was set back in December, as well as the date for oral arguments in the appeal.