Stem cell stories: short videos about different aspects of stem cell research

Last updated:
27 Apr 2011
Stem cell stories: short videos about different aspects of stem cell research

Short videos about different aspects of stem cell science, ethics, cell culture and cloning, plus related activities.  6-15 minutes long. Ideal for classroom use or public screenings.

Quick facts

Age group



6-15 minutes

Technical requirements

Screen, speakers, internet connection (if viewing the films online) or DVD and DVD player

Optional extras

Quick quiz - multiple-choice quiz to accompany A stem cell story

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Details and instructions

This collection of short videos on stem cell research are modular, flexible and accessible.  They can be integrated into other activities (eg Debating Science Issues, Stem Cell Dream) or viewed as stand-alone films. 

The films are available in several European languages, and can be browsed and viewed in multiple formats:

  1. on EuroStemCell's YouTube channel
  2. in Flash video format on this website
  3. on DVD - order online (£7-8.00 GBP incl shipping)

Recommended by Scottish government agency Learning and Teaching Scotland as a tool for National Qualifications support


A stem cell story

15 minutes
Best TV/video production, Tromsø Science Media Festival. Best short film, Scinema (Australia).
An engaging, accessible and visually stunning introduction to the world of stem cell research. The film uses innovative hand-drawn animation, beautiful cell photography and documentary interviews with stem cell scientists to capture the fascination and complexity of this cutting-edge area of science.  Covers basic stem cell biology, self-renewal and differentiation, the differences between tissue (adult) and embryonic stem cells, existing stem cell therapies and new prospects for diseases like diabetes. 
Watch on this website or on YouTube.

Conversations: ethics, science, stem cells

19 minutes
Human embryonic stem celli 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.
Watch on this website or on YouTube.

Cell culture

6 minutes
Ideal for senior biology classes, this film takes a closer look at how and why scientists grow stem cells in the lab. Interviews with Dr Sally Lowell, timelapse photography, live action and hand-drawn animation immerse viewers in the world of the cell culture lab.
Watch on this website or on YouTube.

Dolly and beyond

5 minutes
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.
Watch on YouTube


Permissions: We welcome requests to screen films or licence footage - please get in touch.
These films were developed as part of the Sixth Framework Programme project EuroStemCell.  All films copyright EuroStemCell. All rights reserved.  

Kate Doherty produced A stem cell story, Conversations: ethics, science, stem cells and Cell culture. Cameron Duguid directed A stem cell story  and Cell culture, and his animation features in all films. Amy Hardie directed Conversations: ethics, science, stem cells and was Executive Producer (with Clare Blackburn) on A stem cell story and Cell culture. For full credits please see the individual films.