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I – Stem Cell Resources – Reference & Public Opinion

Online reference resources for teachers, students and others interested in finding out more about stem cells.
For more detailed resource listings, check out our searchable catalogue of stem cell resources.


II – Public Opinion on Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine


The Public, Political Parties, and Stem-Cell Research

Article in the New England Journal of Medicine analysing public attitudes to embryonic stem cell research in the US and in Europe.
New England Journal of Medicine 2011; 365: 1853-1856


US Attitudes Towards Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Article in Nature Biotechnology based on 2009 survey data.
Nature Biotechnology 2011; 29: 484–488 (subscription required)


Europeans and Biotechnology in 2010 – Winds of change?

Includes a section on regenerative medicine. The seventh in a series of surveys of public perceptions of the Life Sciences and Biotechnology.
Download full report (PDF file, 1478KB)


Stem cell dialogue

The largest ever public and stakeholder dialogue on stem cell research in the UK, commissioned by the Medical Research Council(MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC).  Dialogue activities took place in summer 2008 and over 200 members of the public took part in workshops which ran simultaneously in London, Cardiff, Bristol Newcastle and Edinburgh. In addition, nearly fifty stakeholders were interviewed from fields such as science, medicine, industry, ethics and religion.  The report was released in December 2008, and findings are summarised on the MRC website.


Eurobarometer – Europeans and Biotechnology in 2005: Patterns and Trends

This report, the sixth in a series on attitudes to biotechnology, is based on a representative sample of 25,000 respondents – approximately 1,000 in each EU Member State.  It covers a variety of biotechnology issues, including stem cell research.
Download executive summary (5 pages, PDF file, 33KB)
Download full report (PDF file, 610KB)


III – Reference Materials

EuroStemCell site glossary 

Online glossary of words and phrases commonly used in stem cell research.


All Things Stem Cell visual glossary

Online glossary of terms used in stem cell research, with accompanying images and diagrams to help explain the concepts. Produced by Teisha Rowland, a PhD Graduate Student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Understanding Stem Cells

An educational primer by the US National Academies “designed to provide basic knowledge to facilitate thinking about and understanding the scientific and ethical issues surrounding stem cells”.


Poster on pluripotent cell isolation for regenerative medicine

This poster, available as a PDF download from Nature Reviews Molecular Biology, compares and contrasts the properties of pluripotent embryonic stem cells with those of laboratory-generated pluripotent cells. See also the accompanying glossary.