A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday agreed to permit federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to continue pending a full appeal, lifting an injunction issued by a federal judge and handing the Obama administration a victory.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed to stay an injunction set by a district court judge who found the administration's policy on the research violated the law.

The Obama administration has appealed that judge's ruling.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Eric Walsh)

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