updated 9/8/2010 5:54:03 PM ET 2010-09-08T21:54:03

The Obama administration is asking a U.S. appeals court to lift an order blocking federal funding for some stem cell research, a day after being turned down by the judge who issued the order.

The administration told a federal appeals court in Washington on Wednesday that the order by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth stops "funding for embryonic stem cell research in its tracks."

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Lamberth rejected the administration's request to let funding continue while it pursues an appeal of his order.

Medical researchers value stem cells because they are master cells that can turn into any tissue of the body. Research eventually could lead to cures for spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease and other ailments.

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