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Stem Cells and their Amazing Potential

Description and Disclaimer: This is a documentary movie focused on the ethical considerations associated with the use of human embryonic stem cells in research and clinical therapies. The student creators of this movie attempted to convey the major components of the ethics surrounding the use of stem cells in as much of an unbiased manner as possible. The main theme centered around the question of when does "life" begin. In this pursuit, many different view points of prominent stem cell scientists, doctors from in vitro fertilization clinics, ethicists, and a large variety of religious leaders are presented in this movie. While we feel this movie does provide a significant cross section of opinions on this topic, it should be noted that not all possible opinions could be included and that this in no way is meant to privilege those that are included. Furthermore, the views expressed are those of the people giving them, and do not necessarily represent the views of the groups to which they belong nor necessarily the views of the creators or sponsoring institution.

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Resource Type: Digital Presentation (Powerpoint), Short Movies, Video, Webcast, Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity), Study Guide, Discussion Group/Listserv Archive, Review
Audience Level: Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School lower division (Grades 9-10), High School upper division (Grades 11-12), Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14), Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16), Graduate, Professional (degree program), General Public, Informal Education, Continuing Education

Author and Copyright

Authors and Editors: PhD Michael JF Barresi of Smith College Biological Sciences, Ms. Rebecca Echevarria of Smith College Biological Sciences, Ms. Hiba Jamil of Smith College Biological Sciences, Kimberly Johnson of Smith College Biological Sciences, Ms. Jamie Moody of Smith College Biological Sciences
Publisher: Smith College Biological Sciences
Format: text/html
Copyright and other restrictions: No
Cost: No


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