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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.
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This 16 minute video, ideal for general audiences and biology students aged 16+, tells the story of one of this century's most extraordinary scientific discoveries - induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells.
Nobel prize-winning medical doctor and scientist Shinya Yamanaka describes the experiments that arose from his desire to help his spinal cord injury patients. Together with other leading stem cell researchers, Yamanaka talks about the scientific, medical and ethical implications of his discovery that mature cells, such as skin cells, can be ‘reprogrammed’ into a new type of stem cell – iPS cells – that behave like embryonic stem cells.
Cameron Duguid's distinctive and appealing animations take us inside the reprogrammed cell, and bring the science to life on screen.
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