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Good videos that easily and effectively provide a basic explanation of stem cells are not so easy to find — or create. Drawing (yes, pun intended!) from the popular MinutePhysics series, which uses time-lapsed line drawing to explain scientific principles (such as why pink doesn’t exist), the pharmaceutical company, Roche, has launched its own series to explain antibodies, drug discovery — and stem cell research. We think they’ve done a good job on this one, and while currently there are only three videos in the series, we’ll keep our eyes open for more to come.

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)

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Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Lisa is a science communicator with 15+ years' experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, child development and technology. She launched this blog (first as the Stem Cell Network Blog) in 2009, and served as co-editor until April 2015. She is currently the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has recently contributed to Motherboard, Science Borealis and the Genome Alberta and Canadian Blood Services blogs. Follow her on Twitter and Medium @WillemseLA.