Right Turn: Stem cells at the movies

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/27/13


If you are fortunate enough to have time off over the holiday season, I’ll wager that you may spend some of that time in front of the television. Call me a Grinch, but Christmas TV programming is something that I generally avoid. If, like me, you plan on skipping “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Christmas with the Kranks” and “Home Alone” 1 through 5 (!), I suggest you settle in for some stem cell viewing instead. While the programs and movies below may not teach you anything new, they will be entertaining.

I’ve compiled a short list of TV shows and movies that feature stem cells in a leading or supporting role. I know this list isn’t exhaustive so please use the comments section below to add or endorse your favourites. My guilty pleasure right now is “Orphan Black.”


Television Movies
Orphan Black Amazing Spider-Man
Dark Angel X-Men Wolverine
Eleventh Hour The Island
West Wing The X-Files: I Want to Believe
24 The 6th Day
South Park The Boys from Brazil
Degrassi: The Next Generation Multiplicity
Stem Cell


In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a preview of “The Amazing Spider-Man” featuring hints of the regenerative medicine storyline.

Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations since completing a MSc in Public Relations in 1997. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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2 Responses

  1. Earl says:

    South Park’s “Kenny Dies” episode is required viewing. Forms part of a Stem Cell Biology course I teach.

  2. Stacey Johnson says:

    Thanks Earl! Can you share details on how you incorporate the program into your course? Does it go over well with students? (I’m guessing it does.)

    Episode 1 of American Horror Story, season 3, references Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. They’re everywhere!

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