Linking Science and Social Issues

Cell structures, cell cycle, mitosis, cancer, cell line registries, and cell signaling meiosis, cloning,parthenotes, cell cycle, mitochondrial vs. nuclear genomes, cell signaling, transcription, nuclear reprogramming are taught through:

The History of Cell Culture: Tracing cell culture back to the establishment of the HeLa cell line, and more recently with examples of people and cells being viewed as commodities, and the debates surrounding Public vs. Private biobanking as they relate to long standing issues around race, class and gender.
Clones, Chimeras, and Cybrids: Tracing the history through the airing of the National Academy of Sciences public meeting in 2001 on Human Cloning, and the UK's decision to license and permit cybrid construction for embryonic stem cell research. Cases involving rogue scientists and others who promote cloning for reproductive purposes: /Raelians and Zavos presentations .

Cell differentiation, genetic engineering, adult stem cell niches, cell signaling, nuclear reprogramming, mi-RNA biology, viral vector technology, genetic engineering are taught through:

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a means to resolve the Moral Status of the Embryo debates . The emergence of iPSCs was thought to be an escape out from the ethical issues surrounding ESCR, however, more recent work has shown that there are debates regarding the genetic profile and therapeutic potential of these cells.

Gametogenesis,/meiosis asymmetric division, fertilization, embryogenesis, cell differentiation, cell death, hormonal cycles/ OHSS are taught through:

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a means to resolve the Moral Status of the Embryo debates . The emergence of iPSCs was thought to be an escape out from the ethical issues surrounding ESCR, however, more recent work has shown that there are debates regarding the genetic profile and therapeutic potential of these cells.
Oocyte Procurement: Coercion or Consent? Debates over whether women are adequately informed of risks and benefits and whether they should be paid for providing eggs for stem cell research using bioethical and feminist perspectives such as choice and autonomy vs. exploitation and vulnerability within the context of larger issues such as the exploitation of people based on race, class and gender and the outsourcing of basic reproductive or, in this case, regenerative labor.

Animal models, cell culture models versus human subjects research. Dose response, cell tracing techniques, and biomarker indications of cell regeneration are taught through:

21st Century Snake Oil: Unregulated Adult Stem Cell Therapies . The emergence of companies that will offer stem cell therapies with no clinical trial evidence has alerted the stem cell community. The FDA has stepped in and issued injunctions in the states and the International Stem Cell Society has a public advocacy campaign called A Closer Look at Stem Cells that promotes efforts to warn patients of these unregulated industry practices. Futhermore, disability rights advocates argue that the focus on cure competes with the social model of care and results in a disproportionate economic investment in curing rather than supporting people with disabilities