Stem cell videos and films

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Six short videos and a feature documentary about different aspects of stem cell science, ethics, cell culture and cloning.  Use the links below to jump straight to the film you are interested in.

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  1. Cell Fate: Journeys to specialisation - DNA, proteins and stem cells

  2. Stem cells - the future: an introduction to iPS cells

  3. A stem cell story- award-winning 15 min intro to stem cell research

  4. Conversations: ethics, science, stem cells

  5. Cell culture

  6. Dolly and beyond - featuring Sir Ian Wilmut

See also: Stem Cell Revolutions

This 70 minute documentary by the creators of A Stem Cell Story was announced the winner of the Best Documentary award at Vedere la Scienza Festival 2012 and features Nobel prizewinners Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon - watch a clip here. The film charts the history and scientific evolution of stem cell research – from the earliest experiments that first revealed stem cells in the body, to leading current scientific and clinical developments.

Visit the Stem Cell Revolutions website for more information about the film.


Cell Fate: Journeys to specialisation - DNA, proteins and stem cells

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The film will soon be available with subtitles in:

  • deutsch
  • español
  • français
  • italiano
  • polski

How do our blood, skin and muscle cells get such different abilities and shapes? What controls this process?
Stem cell scientist Thomas Graf and his team accompany us on a journey through today's research and into the cell itself. A fascinating insight into how specialised cells develop from stem cells, and how researchers are finding ways to change a cell's fate, transforming it from one type into another.

Official selection Science Film Festival 2014 Goethe Institut, November-December 2014.

Stem cells - the future: an introduction to iPS cells

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The film is available with subtitles in other languages:

  • deutsch
  • español
  • français
  • italiano
  • polski
  • português
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In this compelling and clear 16 minute video, leading scientists tell the story of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells).
This extraordinary scientific discovery changed the way we think about human biology and saw Shinya Yamanaka awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, with John Gurdon, in 2012. Full details about this film, including a quick quiz to support classroom use, can be found on our Toolkit page.

STEM CELL STORIES

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A stem cell story: award-winning 15 minute video introduction to stem cell research

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  • český
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  • deutsch
  • español
  • français
  • italiano
  • nederlands
  • polski
  • português
  • româneşte
  • svensk

What are stem cells? Where do they come from? And what do we really know about them? This 15-minute film provides an engaging, accessible and visually stunning introduction to the world of stem cell research. Innovative hand-drawn animation, beautiful cell photography and documentary interviews capture the fascination and complexity of this cutting-edge area of science.

Related stem cell activities and resources

Awards, festivals and reviews

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Download a transcript (English) of the film in PDF format (118Kb)

 

Conversations: ethics, science, stem cells

The film is available with subtitles in other languages:

  • českz
  • deutsch
  • español
  • français
  • italiano
  • nederlands
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  • português
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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, in this thought-provoking exploration of the ethical issues surrounding stem cell research.

This 19-minute 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.

Awards and festivals

In competition, Science Film Festival (Bangkok)

Further reading

EuroStemCell fact sheets on:

Review articles by Kristina Hug, exploring in more depth some of the issues raised in the "Conversations..." film. These articles were written as part of a project and workshop series on ethical and societal issues related to stem cell research for the original EuroStemCell.

 

Cell culture

The film is available with subtitles in other languages:

  • českz
  • deutsch
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  • français
  • italiano
  • nederlands
  • polski
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This six-minute film takes a closer look at how and why scientists grow stem cells in the lab. With the same visual style that makes A Stem Cell Story so appealing, this film's mix of timelapse photography, live action and hand-drawn animation transports viewers into the cell culture lab. Ideal for senior biology classes.

 

Dolly and beyond

How was Dolly the sheep made? Are there different kinds of cloning? What are their implications?

Scientists, doctors and philosophers address these questions with particular emphasis on the ethics of cloning.

Featuring Dolly creator Sir Ian Wilmut.

The film is available with subtitles in other languages:

  • český
  • deutsch
  • español
  • français
  • italiano
  • nederlands
  • polski
  • português
  • svensk

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