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2010 July 31

High school stem cell curriculum

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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) had a press release last February about their new high-school curriculum about stem cells, which just made it to the San Francisco Chronicle today.  The curriculum consists of 4 modules, each 4–7 days long, which would take up a substantial chunk of a biology class:

  1. Embryonic stem cells, in-vitro fertilization, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
  2. Adult stem cells, homeostasis, and regenerative medicine
  3. The microenvironment, its role in cell fate decisions, and cancer
  4. The immune system and the hematopoietic stem cell lineage tree

The first two units are supposedly suitable for regular biology classes, while the last two are more suited for advanced (AP or IB) biology classes.

I’ve not reviewed the material (stem cells not being one of my areas of expertise), but the group at UC Berkeley who put it together should know their material.

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