Author Archives: Tom Erik

About Tom Erik

Student of Bionanotechnology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Loves reading, cooking and music.

The End

As mentioned in the introduction, our blog’s life span is limited. In fact, it has already come to an end. The EiT course is finished, and therefore also our blog. Through working with the blog we have learned a lot … Continue reading

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Comparing stem cell research in the US, Iran, South Africa, South Korea and Norway

In our project we wanted to explore how far certain countries have come in stem cell research. When comparing Iran, Norway, South Africa, South Korea and The United States of America we raised the question: How far has each country … Continue reading

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Word of the week: Embryonic stem cells

These cells can develop into any of the cells found in adult organisms and are formed from the inner cell mass in the blastocyst, about 5 days after fertilization. These are among the most important in stem cell research because … Continue reading

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Word of the week: Therapeutic cloning

Therapeutic cloning is the manipulation of genetic material from either adult, zygotic or embryonic cells in order to alter the functions of cells or tissues for therapeutic purposes.

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Stem cell research in the US: research

The first stem cell was isolated in 1998 by a research group led by Dr. James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin. The same group also developed a technique for growing the cells. This happened only 13 years ago, which … Continue reading

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Word of the week: Reproductive cloning

Reproductive cloning is the manipulation of genetic material in order to achieve the reproduction of a human being and includes nuclear transfer or embryo splitting for such purpose. The living being is a genetic replica of the source of genetic material.

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Word of the week: Cell line

A cell line is a group of constantly dividing cells. They are obtained from human or animal tissue and can replicate in vitro for a long period of time. One of the more common cell lines is HeLa, which was obtained from Henrietta Lacks, who … Continue reading

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Stem cell research in the US: religious views

The main reason for the US’s opposition to stem cell research is based on their culture. Immigration has been the major source of population growth since the 16th century, when Europeans immigrated to the US in search of a better … Continue reading

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Word of the week: Adult stem cells

An adult stem cells is an undifferentiated cell, which can be found in tissue or organs that can renew themselfes. This means that the adult stem cell can yeild some or all of major specialized cell types in the site were … Continue reading

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President George W. Bush’s speech on stem cell research

On August 9 2001 President George W. Bush adressed the nation in a broadcast speech. As mentioned in a previous post, funds were permitted for cell lines that were existing at this date.  

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