A webcast of the HHMI Holiday Lectures on Science features HHMI investigator Douglas Melton and Nadia Rosenthal of the European Molecular Biology Organization talking about stem cell biology.

A Live Webcast about Stem Cell Research

November 30-December 1, 2006

On Thursday and Friday, November 30 and December 1, 2006, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) invites you to watch a live webcast of the HHMI Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Douglas A. Melton, an HHMI investigator at Harvard University and co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Nadia Rosenthal, director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory near Rome, Italy. They will discuss the origins of embryonic and adult stem cells and explain how stem cells generate all the specialized cells the body needs.

Melton's first lecture, “Understanding Embryonic Stem Cells,” is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. EST, Thursday, November 30. In it, he explains: "Because stem cells have the potential to generate fresh, healthy cells of nearly any type, there is interest in exploring their use to treat and cure various diseases."

Rosenthal's second lecture will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, that day, on “Adult Stem Cells and Regeneration.”

On December 1, Melton will open from 10 to 11 a.m. EST, discussing “Coaxing Embryonic Stem Cells.” Rosenthal will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, on “Stem Cells and Our Bionic Future.”

The Holiday Lectures on Science are presented at HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, before an audience of Washington, D.C., area high school students. They are simultaneously webcast live. The webcast will be available again on-demand on December 4, 2006, and free DVDs of the lectures with added resources for teachers will be issued in the Spring of 2007.

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