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EPQ Presentation - Stem Cell Research
Transcript of EPQ Presentation - Stem Cell Research
A Background into Stem Cells
Embryonic stem cells are taken from a developing foetus.
My Journey: Research
As my topic was very scientific, a lot of my research was based on reading internet articles for the latest news.
I did however read some interesting books including:
My Journey: Project Successes and Skills Gained
I was happy that this project gave me such a big insight into a topic I was very interested in.
I gained invaluable research skills.
I gained information from a wide variety of sources : internet articles to books, journals and videos.
My planning skills have improved throughout the project. It helped me to make a Gantt chart and follow a plan .
Able to keep with deadlines - time management skills.
I carried out this project so I could carry out in depth research on a topic I've always been curious about.
It has taught me how to reference and write a bibliography.
I would happily recommend this project for anyone who would like to expand their knowledge on a subject they like.
My Project Title
What is, currently, the biggest issue facing scientists for the regeneration of organs using embryonic and adult stem cells?
The Evolution of my Title
One of the hardest parts of the project was to create a title.
What did I Conclude as the Main Problem Scientists Faced?
My Journey: Project Weaknesses
There were parts of my project which either didn't go as planned or didn't work out.
Experiments which have brought us closer to Organ Regeneration
Scientists have grown a mini human brain.
During my project it was hard to choose between two topics for which stem cells were used
The word "currently" has a specific purpose as it's hard to justify the intensity of future problems.
My main focus was to look at two certain types of stem cells
My first title was always going to be flawed in one way or another:
"Is there enough money being invested in stem cell research for there to be a future breakthrough?"
After several attempts I did come across with more titles but again I wasn't completely happy with them.
"How can embryonic and adult stem cells be used in the near future to generate organs or to help find a cure for neurological disorders and what ethical concern arise?"
Eventually I did start to get closer and more specific with the title and added an argumentative feature:
What is the biggest issue facing scientific use of embryonic and adult stem cells for the creation of organs and to combat neurological disorders?"
Adult stem cells are found in tissues all over the body.
Induced pluripotent stem cells are the future.
A miniature pancreas grown from stem cells could have implications for the future of insulin delivery.
A new revolutionary way of making organs is to 3D print.
Complexity of an Organ
Conditions for growth and coordination
Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine
The Stem Cell Hope
A Very Short Introduction to Medical Ethics
I also read the journal: New Scientist for up-to-date articles
I wanted feedback directly from professors at universities but didn't get any replies.
My topic required a lot of very in depth knowledge - able to get around that.
Large amount of information was found on internet. I had to be careful with reliability.
I found it difficult to include illustrations in main report.