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Historian Karen Wilson on Storytelling

Karen Wilson is a singer-storyteller, scholar and teaching artist who was born in Harlem, New York. Karen sings music across the spectrum of the African Diaspora in the United States including spirituals, calls, hollers, jazz, blues and rhythm and blues.…

Professor Laila Lalami on Creative Writing

Laila Lalami, assistant professor of creative writing and award-winning author addresses storytelling and explains that the best stories are those that hold some kind of truth and offer a new way of looking at the world.

Paul Knoepfler: Tumor Formation in Embryonic Stem Cells

One hallmark of embryonic stem cells is that they cause a particular type of tumor called a teratoma. Stem cell researchers must learn how to prevent these tumors before any transplantation-based therapy can be successful. Paul Knoepfler has a CIRM…

Bruce Conklin: Drug screening with stem cells

One possible use for pluripotent stem cells is to screen drugs for toxic side effects. The idea is that researchers could grow those stem cells into mature cell types such as heart, liver, or brains cells, expose them to new…

Jeff Bluestone: Immune rejection of stem cell transplants

Any cells derived from embryonic stem cells that are transplanted as a therapy will likely be rejected by the immune system much like a transplanted heart or liver. Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone has been studying ways of achieving transplantation with little…

Martin Pera: New embryonic stem cell lines

On August 9, 2001, President Bush announced that only embryonic stem cell lines created before that date could be used in federally funded research. These pre-existing lines have proven insufficient for most research. Many have genetic defects, don’t grow well…