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Press Release - 28 September 2006

Science of stem cells to be explored in a Bath pub

An expert on the science of stem cells will lead a discussion on the subject at the next Science Café event in The Raven pub in Queen Street (Monday 9 October 2006, 7.30-10.00pm).

At the event, local people will be able to find out what a stem cell is, the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells, and how stem cells can help to cure diabetes – and ask questions about this topical issue.

Professor Jonathan Slack, from the University of Bath’s Department of Biology and Biochemistry, will also discuss the ethical issues surrounding embryonic stem cell research, and will explore some future possibilities combining embryonic stem cells, genetic modification and cloning.

“Stem cell science has been at the forefront of media attention for a number of years because of the enormous potential it offers to help people with a range of diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as the important ethical questions it raises,” said Rod Scott, one of the Science Café organisers.

“This Science Café event will give people the chance to find out what stems cells are and how they might be used, first-hand, from one of the UK’s leading scientists in the field of regenerative medicine.”

The Science Café is an ongoing series of monthly events where some of the country’s leading scientists will talk informally about their research over a pint.

The event will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street.No tickets or reservations are required—just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Organisers will ask for a small voluntary donation to cover travel costs for the speakers. Other Bath Science Café events already planned include:

To register for e-mail alerts on forthcoming Science Café events, contact Melissa Spielman

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