BBC How To Build A Human Disc 1: Creation: The Promise of Stem Cells (2002)

Pioneering methods of human cloning give a paralyzed Texas doctor hope that he will walk again. Meanwhile in England, a couple prepares for the results of cloning the natural way: triplets. In this program, cutting-edge imagery gives a futuristic, highly visual portrayal of the very latest advances in stem cell development and genetic science. The efforts of Dr. Josť Cibelli, head of research at Advanced Cell Technology, which led to the first artificially cloned embryo are paralleled with the incredible feat of genetic replication as it occurs naturally in the womb. Commenting on how these innovations have already dramatically changed human life are Professor Lee Silver, molecular biologist at Princeton University, and Nobel Prize-winning cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse. A BBC Production. (50 minutes)
Peter's DVD rating: 3.0 stars
Good introduction to embryoinic stem cell research. Missing is any discussion of adult stem cells.
1:30Lee Silver, Princeton University 5:30Sir Paul Nurse 6:00Josť Cibelli, Advanced Cell Technology, Worcester, MA.
8:05Carl & Sara Waddington have triplets 12:00Judson Spmerville needs spinal cord tissue. 15:15Embryonic stem cells.
16:25Anthony Atala, Children's Hospital, Boston. 19:00Rat regrows spinal cord from embryonic stem cells. 23:45A woman can donate 20 eggs per month.
26:15Harvesting Judson's skin cells. 29:20Inject nucleus into egg 32:30thru zona pellucida (glycoprotein).
38:00James McErlain wants to clone brain-damaged child, but Maria has doubts. 41:30John Burn, Newcastle University: nature and nurture. 45:50Embryo cleaved to 6-cell stage.
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