Embryonic stem cells are fascinating, and have captured the imagination and attention of scientists, patients, doctors, politicians, the media and many others.
In this 'Discovery' section of the ESTOOLS website, we'll show you some of the most exciting things we've discovered about embryonic stem cells. We'll also highlight places where you can find out more about these fascinating cells - on the web, in person at featured events, and on the big and small screen.
If you're new to stem cells, good places to start are the Frequently Asked Questions pages at the National Institutes of Health and at EuroStemCell. ESTOOLS is a founding sponsor of the EuroStemCell portal for stem cell information.
If you'd like to know more about the language of stem cell biology, scientific journal Nature published a glossary of stem cell terms in June 2006, penned by ESTOOLS Principal Investigator Austin Smith, the Deputy Coordinator of ESTOOLS.
We also created a glossary to accompany our photo-exhibition - see our Smile of a Stem Cell webpage
EuroNews TV made an 8-minute programme in February 2007 titled "Human dignity and stem cell research in the EU”. It is in seven European languages, and was partly filmed in Sheffield at the laboratory of Professor Peter Andrews, the ESTOOLS Coordinator. Click here to view the film with your choice of soundtrack in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian.
ESTOOLS scientists captured the images shown on our webpages and flyer. Dr Paul Gokhale, of the Centre for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Sheffield, explains the images on this website's homepage and on the ESTOOLS publicity flyer - see the page ESTOOLS webpages images of embryonic stem cells.
A touring photo exhibition of other images created by our scientists is shown on our page Smile of a Stem Cell. If you would like the exhibition to come to your town, and can help us organise this, please contact us!
We have been taking our experts into schools, and bringing schools to our labs, around Europe.
For the Lisbon public and for attendees at the ESTOOLS-organised Internation Symposium Stem Cells in Biology and Disease in May 2010, ESTOOLS collaborated with Italian theatre director Valeria Patera to create Staminalia: A Dream and a Trial. See the event page for more information including press reviews, photos of the performance, and a streamed video trailer.
Our links page points you towards independent websites with a wide range of information for scientists and non-scientists.
The ESTOOLS project completed its 4 years of activity. This website remains online as a reference archive.
For hESC and iPSC news and information go to: www.eurostemcell.org