We’ll begin with a brief introduction to the two main types of stem cells, embryonic and adult stem cells. We’ll then discuss stem cell potency.
The second section “Stem cells in research and diseases management” will focus on the opportunities and roles of stem cells in diseases and medical research. Stem cells have a special position in contemporary biological sciences due to their unspecialized characteristics and continuous proliferation. We will focus in particular on the areas of diabetes and neuron regeneration.
BIOL S401, like most OUHK courses, is presented in the distance learning mode using print-based materials. The materials for this free courseware have been specially adapted to make them more suitable for studying online.
Stem cell research has aroused ethical concerns in the cancer research field and in society in general, especially with regard to stem cells harvested from human beings. Different sources of stem cells — human embryonic and adult stem cells — have led to different controversies. This module will first discuss the types of stem cell sources, followed by opportunities for research. Finally, we will introduce the ethical concerns related to stem cell research, addressing the importance of the balance between research and ethics.
This module should take around 6 hours to complete, including time spent on activities and self-tests.