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NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells

Program Overview


Stem cell research has the potential to help scientists understand and, someday, possibly treat certain diseases. Yet there are compelling arguments for and against the cloning of embryonic stem cells.

This NOVA scienceNOW segment:

  • follows a teenager with Type 1 diabetes and examines how difficult it is to live with this disease.

  • describes embryonic stem cell research and its potential to help diabetics.

  • describes the process of cloning a cell by transferring its nucleus into an unfertilized egg cell that has had its own nucleus removed.

  • examines both sides of the controversy surrounding cloning embryonic stem cells.

  • explains how embryonic stem cells might be used both to heal patients and to understand the root causes of certain diseases.

  • outlines the political struggle and emotions surrounding stem cell research, especially concerning the question When does a human become a human?

Taping Rights: Can be used up to one year after the program is taped off the air.

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