Date:28th October 2013, 4.15-5.15pm, L07, School of Law

Speaker: Simon Zafrany, 2nd year Undergraduate Biological Sciences student
Abstract: Increasingly stem cell researchers are turning away from traditional stem cell therapies in favour of mapping disease development in vitro. While this change could spell the end of animal testing, it requires the creation of complex networks of cells that increasingly resemble developing human embryos. At what stage do these “embryos” too closely resemble their natural equivalent to be ethical to conduct research on? Furthermore who is to decide how advanced these development models can become? If these models of drug development are to catch on, would it be safe to administer potential medications to humans in a clinical trial if they’ve only been tested on cell cultures? Or, despite their flaws, will animal models of drug testing survive this new wave of stem cell based drug research?

(this event in run in collaboration The Triple Helix at the University of Edinburgh –

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MI Student Event – Modelling life in a petri dish: How far is too far in stem cell engineering?
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