Jan 2014

Tricky science made simple, Part II

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Some time ago we wrote about a remarkable video animation project designed to make stem cells easier to understand for non-scientists. While we told you about the first video from StemCellShorts, we forgot to follow up when two fresh instalments came online.

The two videos cover the topics: “What is an embryonic stem cell?” narrated by Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute, and “What is an induced pluripotent stem cell?” voiced by Dr. Mick Bhatia, Director of the  McMaster Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Research Institute. Click here to watch them.

The videos are part of StemCellShorts, a series of about-a-minute-long animated videos produced by Ben Paylor, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Mike Long, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

And more are on the way. The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation has joined Stem Cell Network to fund the production of five more videos that will cover other such topics as stem cell tourism, blood stem cells, and neural stem cells — each narrated by a world-leading Canadian authority. They are to be unveiled in time for the Annual Meeting of International Society for Stem Cell Research in Vancouver on June 18-21, 2014.

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