embryonic stem cells

EuroStemCell toolkit

A growing set of downloadable, mix-and-match stem cell resources and activities suitable for a variety of educational settings. All components have been extensively tested, and come with full instructions.

Available in several European languages.

European Commission replies to petition against funding for research involving human embryos

The European Commission has responded to a European Citizens’ Initiative petition, reiterating its previous stance on the importance of embryonic stem cell research and potential treatments, while highlighting the existence of its ‘triple lock’ responsible research system.

Embryonic stem cells in focus

Taking a closer look at key topics in stem cell research

EuroStemCell has been running in it's current form for four years now. In that time, we've developed a huge volume of information and resources about stem cell research -- films, fact sheets, FAQ, teaching tools and more -- in six languages.

To help you navigate that material, and find the resources and information you're interested in, we will be showcasing selections of content by topic over the coming months. This month, we're featuring embryonic stem cells.

Let's Talk Stem Cells

This activity provides teachers with a resource which supports (i) an understanding of stem cells, (ii) how they can be used therapeutically, and (iii) a discussion activity which raises some of the issues relating to stem cells. In the Scottish Curriculum, the resource supports CfE level 4 science outcomes and the stem cell outcomes from National 4 and 5 Biology.

This resource also helps teachers encourage young people to:

  • make informed personal decisions and choices<
  • express opinions and show respect for others' views
  • develop informed social, moral and ethical views of scientific, economic and environmental issues
  • discuss and debate scientific ideas and issues.

Stem Cell Research: Trends and Perspectives on the Evolving International Landscape

New report on stem cell research reveals the field is growing twice as fast as the world average.

Stem Cell Research: Trends and  Perspectives on the Evolving International Landscape presents a comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field, with particular focus on embryonic stem (ES) cell and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell research outputs. The report was jointly prepared by Elsevier, Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and EuroStemCell, and will be discussed on 6 December 2013 at the World Stem Cell Summit in San Diego.

StemCellShorts - What are embryonic stem cells?

Part 2 in a series of short (around 1 minute) animated videos answering basic questions about stem cell research. This video is about embryonic stem cells and is narrated by Janet Rossant.

Since their first discovery, embryonic stem (ES) cells have been the focus of intense research and public scrutiny. Derived from discarded 5-day old embryos (typically obtained from patients undergoing in vitro fertilization), this type of stem cell possesses the ability to create any tissue in the human body and replicate indefinitely in culture conditions. Because of these properties, ES cells represent a unique research opportunity to understand human development and create new therapies for disease.

Ueber Stammzellen - Videoreihe

Die Online Videoreihe Typ(isch) Stammzelle gibt einen Überblick über die Forschungsansätze, Ziele und Probleme des jungen Wissensgebietes der Stammzellforschung. In den drei ersten Teilen der Reihe werden adulte Stammzellen, embryonale Stammzelle und schließlich reprogrammierte Stammzellen vorgestellt. Der vierte Teil beschäftigt sich mit ethischen und rechtlichen Fragen der Stammzellforschung.

Da embrione a neurone: nuovo video realizzato da scienziati che lavorano sulle cellule staminali a Milano

Guarda questo video per saperne di più su come gli scienziati istruiscono le cellule staminali– trasformandole da cellule staminali embrionali pluripotenti a cellule neurali specializzate.

Studying Huntington’s disease using stem cells in the lab

Researchers in Italy and the UK have developed a new system for turning human embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a type of brain cell affected by Huntington’s disease. By studying how the brain cells develop in nature, the researchers learned how to guide the stem cells to produce just these brain cells in a dish. We caught key members of the research team on camera explaining their new results.

TELESCOPE: Embryonic stem cell research and ethics

TELESCOPE is a set of scenarios and discussion prompts to support a debate on the ethical questions surrounding embryonic stem cell research and its applications. The materials were developed as part of a 2-day event culminating in a video conference debate between two schools, but the activities lend themselves equally well to in-class discussion and debate.

Prior knowledge needed

Students will need an understanding of what embyronic stem cells are, how an embryo develops and what invitro fertilisation (IVF) is. You may find the following materials useful to introduce key concepts prior to using the TELESCOPE discussion cards:

T.E.L.E.S.C.O.P.E. stands for Trans-European Learning on Embryonic Stem Cells and debate Opinions on Policies in Europe. It was an initiative of the EU research project ESTOOLS, which has now closed. More information about the original event series is on the ESTOOLS website.

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