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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
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
Article in Nature Biotechnology based on 2009 survey data.
Nature Biotechnology 2011; 29: 484–488 (subscription required)
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)
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.
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
Online glossary of words and phrases commonly used in stem cell research.
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.
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”.