EDUCATION: Stem Cell Basics

Science  07 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5770, pp. 29b
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5770.29b

How does therapeutic cloning differ from reproductive cloning? What distinguishes the stem cells in umbilical cord blood from embryonic stem cells? Students tussling with such questions can find help at a new primer from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The site's centerpiece is a six-part multimedia tutorial that explores topics including the different types of stem cells and their potential applications in drug testing. Visitors will learn, for example, that blood-forming stem cells in the umbilical cord have begun to specialize, so they can't produce the same assortment of tissues as embryonic stem cells can.

www.lifesciences.umich.edu/index.html

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