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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to Stem Cells

Welcome to The Science of Stem Cells! You will begin with a basic overview of stem cells--what they are, the history of stem cell research, and the potential for stem cell therapies. You will also learn from AMNH biologist Julia Zichello that stem cells are found throughout the tree of life.

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6 videos (Total 34 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Introduction to the Course3m
How Stem Cells Differentiate3m
History of Stem Cells14m
Why are Stem Cells Important?5m
Stem Cells in Other Organisms4m
3 readings
Syllabus10m
Related Resources10m
Stem Cell Glossary10m
2 practice exercises
Module One: What do you know?10m
Module One: What have you learned?20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

How Do Stem Cells Work?

This week, New York University’s Dr. Esteban Mazzoni will discuss how scientists can coax stem cells to differentiate into particular cell types. Dr. Mazzoni will also talk about new stem cell-assisted technologies such as mitochondrial replacement therapy and generating chimeras for organ transplantation. You will also get some background information on the science and ethics of cloning.

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3 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Cell differentiation, Therapeutic Cloning & Chimeras: Part One21m
Cell differentiation, Therapeutic Cloning & Chimeras: Part Two30m
1 reading
Cloning and Genetic Engineering: How and Why?10m
2 practice exercises
Module Two: What do you know?10m
Module Two: What have you learned?20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Using Stem Cells to Study Disease

We have covered the process by which scientists can differentiate cells in a culture dish. Now you will look at how scientists can use these cell to model diseases in a culture dish. Dr. Andrew Sproul from Columbia University explains how cultured cells can be used to understand the cause of diseases and to look for drugs that will potentially cure them. His research is on Alzheimer’s disease. You will also explore how how stem cells have the potential to help with the study of diabetes.

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3 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Reprogramming and Genome Editing for Disease Modeling37m
Stem Cells: Developing New Cures6m
1 reading
Diabetes in a Dish: Using Stem Cells to Study Disease10m
2 practice exercises
Module Three: What do you know?10m
Module Three: What have you learned?20m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Using Stem Cells to Treat Disease

In addition to the great potential of stem cells to be used in the study of disease, stem cells can also be used to actually treat disease. Neural stem cell pioneer Dr. Sally Temple will explain the potential for using stem cells in our own bodies (adult stem cells) to treat age-related macular degeneration, an increasingly common and debilitating disease. Dr. Temple will also give you some tools for evaluating potential stem cell treatments.

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3 videos (Total 34 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Stem Cells in the Adult Human Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Their Therapeutic Potential27m
Myths About Adult (Somatic) Stem Cells5m
1 reading
Developmental Neuroscientist Dr. Sally Temple Wants to Help Prevent Blindness—and Looks to the Future10m
2 practice exercises
Module Four: What do you know?10m
Module Four: What have you learned?20m
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Top reviews from The Science of Stem Cells

By VLJul 24th 2018

This is a great course and I really enjoyed each week and the topics debated. I was able to expand my knowledge about stem cells and learned a lot. Thanks to all the involved in this course!

By SWJan 7th 2019

Good. It'd be even better if a more advanced version was made available too. It'd be great if similar courses on other topics are produced as well, like CRISPR/Cas9.

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Dr. Zehra Dincer

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About American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition....

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