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W3190y - Stem Cells: Biology, Ethics and Applications

BIOL W3190 Stem Cells: Biology, Ethics and Applications Instructors: Dr. Daniel Kalderon (Biological Sciences), Dr. John Loike (Physiology, CUMC), Dr. Ruth Fischbach (Center for Bioethics, CUMC), Dr. Carol Lin (Biological Sciences)

Dramatic advances in Stem Cell biology have created new possibilities for medical research and treatment. Realization of potential benefits requires continued scientific advances but also negotiation of the regulatory terrain and ethical considerations that determine what types of research and applications can and should be advanced. This course addresses the major breakthroughs and possibilities for both pluripotent stem cells (Embryonic Stem Cells and induced Pluripotent Stem Cells) and adult tissue-specific stem cells, including ethical and regulatory perspectives. Several classes will be predominantly lecture style while others will be largely discussion of ethics, medical applications or research papers. In addition the course features two public lectures concerning cutting edge stem cell research, an invited expert on regulatory affairs and a visit to the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory. The course can be used as an elective for majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or Neuroscience and Behavior.

Pre-requisites are Introductory Biology (BIOL W2005, W2006) plus one semester of Biology at the 3000 level or above; otherwise permission should be sought from the instructor (contact


Number of Credits: 3
Semester: spring  2012

Course Sections

Section Number: 001
Location: 327 Mudd
Days of the Week: Tuesday & Thursday
Start Time: 10.35 am
End Time: 11.50 am
Course Website:
Instructor: Daniel Kalderon