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Durham University

Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences

Engagement Project

Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research Through the Medium of Law

Durham CELLS is running an interdisciplinary project to engage 16-18 year old students in learning about two exciting areas of biomedical science. Events took place on stem cell research in 2014, and on human cloning and mitochondrial donation in 2015. Students studying AS and A levels from four local schools took part in law-in-action workshops to experience how our society debates controversial issues.

For stream 1, student engaged in a mock parliamentary debate on stem cell research. For stream 2, students engaged in a mock court case on human cloning and a mock parliamentary parliamentary debate on mitochondrial donation. Stream 3 involved dissemination of the experiences and research results to wider audiences.

This project ran for 36 months from 1/02/14 to 1/02/17 and was funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award. The project research is currently being written up for publication in academic journals.

The projects outputs include activity packs and articles in journals. These outputs are available to download for free.

Project team

Core members

Additional members

Local schools