The program is a follow up to Making Life screened the previous week where the process of making pluripotent stem cells from skin cells was described and where the potential to use these IPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) instead of human embryos in stem cell therapies was discussed. This program explores ethical dilemmas arising from this discovery and presents a range of views about using embryonic stem cells and what should happen with the thousands of surplus embryos in storage across Australia.
Assumed prior learning
Suggestions for using this resource
1.As a resource for students to view and record a range of community views about this ethical dilemma, then suggest reasons why each person holds their particular view and factors that might have influenced their thinking on this issue
2.As preparation for a role play where students assume the role of a member of a hospital ethics committee which meets to discuss what should happen with excess frozen embryos in light of this new discovery
3.As preparation for a debate on this issue.
Catalyst: Making Life 1 April 2010