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High school students get a taste of stem cell science

EuroStemCell scientists will demonstrate how stem cells can be used to test and screen new drugs, at a careers roadshow in Edinburgh next week.

20 March 2006 - 20 March 2006
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From 7-9 February, at the Make It In Scotland careers event, more than 300 pupils from Edinburgh high schools will get the chance to see live stem cells, made from mouse embryos.

Researchers from two EuroStemCell partners, the Institute for Stem Cell Research (ISCR) and Stem Cell Sciences, will then guide pupils through a
simulated drug test - demonstrating an important biomedical application of stem cells.

Lab-grown stem cells, produced in large numbers, provide improved models for testing and screening new medical treatments, and may reduce the need for animal testing.

The workshop has been devised by EuroStemCell and the ISCR, and is supported by The University of Edinburgh, Stem Cell Sciences and the Scottish Stem Cell Network .

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Stem cells