Stem cells

Image: Stem Cell Week 2012 by UC Irvineon Flickr

Stem cells have the potential to treat an enormous range of diseases and medical conditions, which plague millions of people around the world. Find out some relevant up-to-date information with the following links. SCIS 1616962

Biotech Learning Hub

This New Zealand site gives general information on stem cells, including stem cell therapy, and a timeline of stem cell research.

Suggested level: secondary

California’s Stem Cell Agency

Myths and misconceptions – answers questions about stem cell research from an active research agency. Some audiovisual material available.

Suggested level: secondary

Explore Stem Cells

This site covers a range of topics, including stem cell basics, and stem cell therapy.

Suggested level: secondary

Science News for Students

A simple explanation of the different types of stem cells.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

An overview of ethical issues surrounding the use of human embryonic stem cells in research.

Suggested level: secondary



The following EPIC databases provide comprehensive up-to-date information and articles on stem cell research; Science in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Health and Wellness Resource Centre, Global Issues in Context, Discovering Collection, Student Resources in Context, GreenR and General OneFile. A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you) to read and enjoy.

False memory, by Dan Krokos, 2012 (young adult)
The flytrap snaps, by Johanna Knox, 2011 (junior fiction)
Unremembered, by Jessica Brody, 2013 (young adult)


10 talks on the future of stem cell medicine TED. Various lengths.