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All About Stem Cells

These activities, from Eurostemcell, introduce students to the science of stem cells and explore four basic themes in stem cell biology: 1. What is a stem cell? – what stem cells can do; types of stem cell 2. Where do embryonic stem cells come from? – the blastocyst; cell culture; IVF 3. Why bother with stem cells? – applications now and in the future 4. Making stem cells – induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) Students work in groups to produce a presentation on one of these areas using a set of cards as stimulus material. The activity can be differentiated with the addition of the worksheets and poster templates which can be used to scaffold the presentations.

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