No area of science holds such promise for treating disease and improving human lives as stem cell research. But no area of science causes such fundamental ethical concern and such ferocious political conflict. In this short course, students will learn the fundamentals of stem cell biology, and study how these powerful cells could be used to make functional organs, treat diabetes or repair spinal cord injuries. With the science and technology firmly in hand, we will journey into the deep reaches of the controversy and examine the international explosion of stem cell research and how law and policy are affecting long-held American dominance in cell biology. New science often provokes a redefinition of ethical standards. Stem cells have reignited the debate about the embryo, abortion, and science run amok. We will leave the shrill rhetoric behind, discussing the question at the heart of the debate: How, as a society, do we balance our responsibilities to the unborn and the sick?
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1. Cell Biology, Genetics, Embryology (June 25, 2007)
Meeting of Professor Chris Scott's Stem Cell course. (June 25, 2007)
2. Five Important Research Advances (July 2, 2007)
Meeting of Professor Chris Scott's Stem Cell course. (July 2, 2007)
3. Five Clinical Advances (July 9, 2007)
Professor Chris Scott's Stem Cell course. (July 9, 2007)
4. The Ethics of Stem Cell Research (July 16, 2007)
Professor Chris Scott's Stem Cell course. (July 16, 2007)
5. Policy Law and Social Issues (July 23, 2007)
Professor Chris Scott's Stem Cell course. (July 23, 2007)