SPHERE-OLOGY. A collection of stem cells containing non-adherent spherical colonies. Image by Craig Aarts.
POST-STEM CELL. Stem cells have extensive developmental potential unlike this terminal myoepithelial cell. Image by Craig Aarts.
CELESTIAL STEM CELL. Shooting through the blackness is a stem cell-containing colony of cells. Image by Craig Aarts.
PLENTEOUS PROGENITORS. Mammary epithelial terminal end buds are organized structures of different cells. Image by Craig Aarts.
REFLECTING ON EPITHELIAL CELLS. Mouse mammary gland section appears to be above a reflective surface. Image by Craig Aarts.
GOOD VS. EVIL. A malignant mammary epithelial cell growth encroaches on a healthy duct. Image by Craig Aarts.
DIFFERENTIATION. Downstream progeny of a mammary epithelial stem cell. Image by Craig Aarts.
DIFFERENTIATING MAMMOSPHERES. Differentiation of mammosphere-resident stem and progenitor cells. Image by Craig Aarts.

How to use the Stem Cell Ethics Education Website

Welcome to the Stem Cell Ethics Website, developed in cooperation with the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia.  It is our hope that this ethics website will become an important educational resource for all those who use it. Although it is oriented to trainees and researchers within the Canadian Stem Cell Network (SCN), we anticipate that others will also find it useful. It is important to note that this website is not intended to be the final word on ethics and stem cell research. It should instead be viewed as a useful starting point to engage viewers in the process of ethical analysis. We encourage you to visit the site if you have questions about topics such as the ethics of publishing your work, the ethical review process, or the protection of animal and human subjects. There are two main ways to enter this site. You can enter by way of the My Project or Research Area red portholes below.

Once you are inside My Project, you will be asked to identify your area of research. You will then be asked to specify the current phase of your project. Our system will provide you with recommended readings from related themes. You can also Test your Knowledge with a theme-related quiz. You can also access recommended readings by selecting from 1 of 3 areas of research, Basic Science, Research with Animals, or Research with Humans. Our system will then provide you with recommended readings from related themes. You can also Test your Knowledge with a theme-related quiz.


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