Stem cells and cloning

STEM cells are undifferentiated cells that researchers hope can be ‘programmed’ to produce any kind of cell in the body. Cloning is the production of genetically identical organisms.

Both topics are often reported in the media but there is sometimes confusion in students over the difference between the techniques. They offer an opportunity to look at how scientists work and associated ethical issues.

This list includes activities that look at both topics.

Whilst this list provides a source of information and ideas for experimental work, it is important to note that recommendations can date very quickly. Do NOT follow suggestions which conflict with current advice from CLEAPSS, SSERC or recent safety guides. eLibrary users are responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is consistent with current regulations related to Health and Safety and that they carry an appropriate risk assessment. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.