Stem cell and related links.
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BEST stem cells
EU Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry
EuroStemCell (FP6 research consortium, 2004-2008)
REMEDiE: Regenerative Medicine in Europe
Scottish Stem Cell Network
East of England Stem Cell Network (EESCN)
North East England Stem Cell Institute
London Regenerative Medicine Network
UK National Stem Cell Network - archive website, as the UKSCN ceased operation in 2011
The Mason Institute, based at the University of Edinburgh, serves as an interdisciplinary research hub aimed at investigating the ethical, legal, social and political implications and impacts of new technologies and practices in medicine and the life sciences.
Online reference resources for teachers, students and others interested in finding out more about stem cells. For more detailed resource listings, check out our searchable catalogue of stem cell resources.
The Public, Political Parties, and Stem-Cell Research
Article in the New England Journal of Medicine analysing public attitudes to embryonic stem cell research in the US and in Europe.
N Engl J Med 2011; 365:1853-1856
US attitudes towards human embryonic stem cell research
Article in Nature Biotechnology based on 2009 survey data (subscription required).
Nature Biotechnology 29 484–488 (2011) doi:10.1038/nbt.1891
Europeans and Biotechnology in 2010 - Winds of change?
Includes a section on regenerative medicine. The seventh in a series of surveys of public perceptions of the Life Sciences and Biotechnology. Conducted in February 2010, published October 2010.
Download full report (PDF file, 1478KB)
Stem cell dialogue
The largest ever public and stakeholder dialogue on stem cell research in the UK, commissioned by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC). Dialogue activities took place in summer 2008 and over 200 members of the public took part in workshops which ran simultaneously in London, Cardiff, Bristol Newcastle and Edinburgh. In addition, nearly fifty stakeholders were interviewed from fields such as science, medicine, industry, ethics and religion. The report was released in December 2008, and findings are summarised on the MRC website.
Eurobarometer - Europeans and Biotechnology in 2005: Patterns and Trends
This report, the sixth in a series on attitudes to biotechnology, is based on a representative sample of 25,000 respondents - approximately 1,000 in each EU Member State. It covers a variety of biotechnology issues, including stem cell research.
Download executive summary (5 pages, PDF file, 33KB)
Download full report (PDF file, 610KB)
EuroStemCell site glossary
Online glossary of words and phrases commonly used in stem cell research.
All Things Stem Cell visual glossary
Online glossary of terms used in stem cell research, with accompanying images and diagrams to help explain the concepts. Produced by Teisha Rowland, a PhD Graduate Student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Understanding Stem Cells
An educational primer by the US National Academies "designed to provide basic knowledge to facilitate thinking about and understanding the scientific and ethical issues surrounding stem cells."
Poster on pluripotent cell isolation for regenerative medicine
This poster, available as a PDF download from Nature Reviews Molecular Biology, compares and contrasts the properties of pluripotent embryonic stem cells with those of laboratory-generated pluripotent cells. See also the accompanying glossary.
News and discussion on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas, provided by the Progress Educational Trust
Cancer stem cell news
A blog of news items related to cancer stem cells, with an emphasis on recent research and articles that are openly accessible. Edited by Jim Till, member of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC), based