KS3-4: Can we use stem cells to create organs in the human body?

Suitable for 11-18-year olds (secondary, middle and high schools), this article and accompanying activity sheet can be used in the classroom, in science clubs and at home.

This resource links to KS3 Biology, cells and organisation, nutrition and digestion, health; PSHE and KS4 Biology, cell biology; health, disease and the development of medicines; but is also internationally relevant.

It can also be used as a careers resource and links to Gatsby Benchmarks:
Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information
Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

The article includes a summary of a stem cell research project i.e. creating a human liver from stem cells, an interview with tissue engineer Dr Dave Hay and an overview of stem cell research and tissue engineering i.e. what is it and how do you become a tissue engineer?

The activity sheet includes discussion points - nine questions the students can answer in groups or individually - and ideas for activities that are relevant to biology.

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Created: Jun 17, 2019

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