StemCellShorts - What is a stem cell?

The first in a series of short (around 1 minute) animated films that answer basic questions about stem cell research.

A seminal paper published in 1961 by Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch was the first academic study to prove the existence of an exciting new type of cell, the stem cell. Since this foundational study, the promise of stem cells and their application to human disease has grown tremendously, their potential only beginning to be realized. This animated video, narrated by Dr. Till, provides a brief explanation of this early study as well as explaining the two basic concepts that define the answer to the question "What is a stem cell?"

What are stem cells? - a TED-Ed lesson

This short animated TED-Ed video introduces the different types of stem cell and their potential to treat disease.

Includes Q&A and discussion questions.

Animation: Disease modelling with cells

How are stem cells used to model disease in the laboratory? This 3-minute animation gives a clear, simple and visually appealing explanation of what disease modelling is, why it is useful and how it is done.

This animation was created for EuroStemCell by animator Duncan Brown, with scientific content by researcher Dr Christian Unger and voiceover by Dr Nathan Adams. It is supported by an accompanying factsheet on reprogrammed cells in disease modelling.

Folge 111: iPS-Zellen

How are iPS cells created in the laboratory? Short film in German.

Für die bahnbrechende Entwicklung von induzierten pluripotenten Stammzellen wurde 2012 der Medizin-Nobelpreis vergeben. Wie genau iPS-Zellen im Labor entstehen, erklärt Jan Wolkenhauer in der 111. Folge der Kreidezeit.

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.

Start with a stem cell: outreach kit for scientists

Last updated:
11 Mar 2013

An engaging kit of activities for scientists to use at outreach events. The resources have also been adapted for classroom use and can be found here.

Stem cells - the future: an introduction to iPS cells [video]

Last updated:
26 Nov 2012

In this compelling and clear 16 minute video, leading scientists tell the story of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) - an extraordinary scientific discovery that changed the way we think about human biology and saw Shinya Yamanaka awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, with John Gurdon, in 2012.

Bioengineering Body Parts

This 5.5 minute video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW examines the work of medical researchers who are developing new techniques to repair and replace failing human organs by growing them from a patient’s own cells, thus preventing organ rejection. Organs can be grown on both synthetic scaffolds and the nonliving protein skeleton of an existing organ. If perfected, the techniques could save the lives of thousands of people who die before donor organs become available.

Activities Exploring the Regulation of Stem Cell Research

Three discussion-based activities exploring the regulation of stem cell research. An extract from the BBSRC publication Stem cells - science and ethics (3rd edition).

Designed primarily for post-16 students to use themselves, the full booklet also contains classroom activities.

CIRM- five lesson plans for secondary schools

Each of the five units begins with a list of the learning standards that can be taught using the materials, including lesson plans, power points, videos, background information for teachers, interactive activities, assessment tools and separate glossaries for teachers and students.

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