Human embryonic stem cell lines are generated from blastocysts - early human embryos. But what are blastocysts, and when does personhood begin? What justifies research? Doctors, scientists, ethicists, theologians and a patient bring their different points of view. This film aims to encourage open debate about the ethical issues around stem cell research. It is structured in chapters, each addressing a key ethical question.
PlayDecide can be used in many different ways and with different group sizes. One way that has been used with success has been to follow a general talk on stem cells. Two possibilities are included in the EuroStemcell toolkit: PlayDecide can follow the ‘Introducing Stem Cells’ PowerPoint up to slide 23 or ‘DSI Stem Cells’.
This 15-minute film provides an engaging, accessible and visually stunning introduction to the world of stem cell research. It uses innovative hand-drawn animation, beautiful cell photography and documentary interviews to capture the fascination and complexity of this cutting-edge area of science.