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While this one is a detailed teacher or senior pupil background: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~sfl/rlb_stem.htm

Finally the groups should answer the following question:

Does this new source of stem cells offer a possible solution to the ethical problems of using embryonic stem cells, and the practical problems of using adult stem cells? The groups should justify their answers. [They will need to do a little research into amniocentesis as a procedure.]

Links to free activities, lesson plans and background information.

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http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/ All about stem cells – science, technology, medicine and ethics. From National Institutes of Health.

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http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/units/stemcells/ Stem cells in the spotlight. Background on science, ethics, research and potential therapies. From University of Utah.

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www.stemcellnetwork.ca/engage/index.php Comprehensive high school teaching resource on stem cells. Following a lesson on the basics of stem cells, students engage in role-play to enact laws on embryonic stem cell research. A reflective assignment then allows them to tie the classroom experiences together and explore the topic in more depth. From Ontario Genomics Institute.

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www.eurostemcell.org/Outreach/outreach_film.htm Award-winning film. Can be viewed online or downloaded via iTunes. Using hand-drawn animation, cell photography and documentary interviews the film “provides an engaging, accessible and visually stunning introduction to the world of stem cell research”. From European Consortium for Stem Cell Research.

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www.smm.org/tissues/stem_cells.php Interactive comic about stem cells. From Science Museum of Minnesota.

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www.dnalc.org/stemcells.html Stem cell animation. From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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www.teachersdomain.org/resources/tdc02/sci/life/cell/stemcellvid/index.html Stem Cells: Seeds of Hope? Do stem cells hold the best hope for curing debilitating diseases? Or do the ethical questions stand

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