Teacher’s Questions for Stem cells: The secret to change


Before reading:

  • How do cells multiply?


During reading:

  • What are stem cells?
  • Why does the medical community find stem cell science so exciting?
  • Name one location in the human body where stem cells are found.
  • Blood stems cells can develop into what types of cells?
  • What is the difference between adult and pluripotent stem cells?
  • Why makes embryonic stem cells controversial?
  • How are adult stem cells limited in their potential?
  • What did Shinya Yamanaka discover?
  • List three advantages to induced pluripotent stem cells over other types.
  • What is the goal of Anne Cherry’s research?
  • Explain how glaucoma can lead to blindness.
  • How might stem cells help reverse the damage caused by glaucoma?
  • What did Nick Jeffery seek to encourage in damaged nerve cells?


After reading:

  • Explain in your own words why stem cells could allow the body to heal itself.
  • The researchers featured in this story work on different health problems. What are some features those problems share in common?



  • Should society permit scientists to work with embryonic stem cells? Why or why not? Explain your position.