embryonic stem cell research

Legal Briefing: More Plead Guilty to Cheating Municipalities

In Friday's legal news, two more people pleaded guilty in a bid-rigging scheme that involved deals with some 160 U.S. municipalities; California public schools are being sued for charging fees for various school essentials; and Alaska is suing the U.S. government for 'banning' offshore drilling.

Legal Briefing: Insider Trading in Potash Bid?

When BHP Billiton made its offer to acquire Potash Corp., two residents of Madrid, Spain, made $1.1 million by buying out-of-the-money call options ahead of the announcement, the Securities and Exchange Commission claims. The SEC is suing the investors, and has frozen $1.1 million of their assets.

FDA OKs First Trial of Stem Cells to Heal Spine Injuries

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the way on Friday for California biotech firm Geron to begin human clinical trials of its experimental embryonic stem cell-based therapy to heal spinal cord injuries in paraplegic patients.