Chapter 3: Not all stem cells are equal

This is a preview of Chapter 3 (16 min) of STEM CELL REVOLUTIONS (71 min). Our educational packages come with all five dedicated chapters.

Adult stem cells can only make cells for one type of tissue, such as blood, brain, gut, or muscle. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent – they can make any kind of cell. They were discovered by scientists studying an unusual kind of tumour, teratocarcinoma, which contains every type of cell found in the body. Martin Evans realised that teratocarcinomas modelled early embryonic development and showed that cells from a teratocarcinoma could be multiplied in the lab. In 1981, he applied his findings to normal mice embryos, and embryonic stem cells were discovered. In 1988, scientist Jamie Thomson used the technique to produce human embryonic stem cells, using embryos created in fertility treatment. The discovery stirred religious and political controversy.

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STEM CELL REVOLUTIONS
Vision of the Future
- a documentary
by Amy Hardie and Clare Blackburn
Explore the realities behind the hopes and fears associated with stem cell research. Watch the documentary and help spread the word about the film.
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