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High School Student program: Lecture Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2011 Spring Lecture Series for High School Students: Taking Stock of Stem Cells

Few topics in science have generated more excitement—and controversy—than stem cell research.

Scientists have long been intrigued by two key properties of stem cells: their ability to renew themselves almost indefinitely, and their potential to mature into multiple different cell types. By harnessing these properties, researchers hope to expand the role of stem cells in the clinic to one day deliver on the promises of personalized and regenerative medicine.

During Taking Stock of Stem Cells, students learned first-hand about the discoveries that are unraveling the mysteries of adult and embryonic stem cells, the advances that are bringing stem cell-based therapies closer to clinical use, and the many challenges that must still be met for potential to become reality.

This special three-day program included presentations from some of the world’s most prominent stem cell researchers, tours and demonstrations in laboratories at Whitehead Institute and nearby research facilities, lunches with young Whitehead scientists, and a panel discussion on the current pursuit of translational applications for stem cell science.

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