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For many Canadians with kids, we’re nearing the end of March Break – a holiday from school for elementary- and secondary school-aged children. Whether you’re travelling or at home this week, you’ve spent lots of quality time with your children and this new video from a group at Cambridge may really resonate with you.

According to their website, Dish Life is one of four films made by University of Cambridge researchers for the 2016 Cambridge Shorts series, funded by Wellcome Trust ISSF. The fund is designed to support early career researchers to make professional quality short films with local artists and filmmakers. For Dish Life, researchers Loriana Vitillo (Stem Cell Institute) and Karen Jent (Department of Sociology) collaborated with filmmaker Chloe Thomas.

The award-winning Dish Life is a unique take on an introduction to stem cells, one that I’ve never come across before. It compares caring for needy and high maintenance stem cells to looking after a group of hungry, tired and bored children. Sound familiar mom and dad? I suspect all the scientists who refer to stem cells as their “babies” are also chuckling in sympathy.

Even if you know all there is to know about stem cells, I think you will enjoy this clever primer. Unless you need a break from all young children right now, you’ll probably find these kids to be quite cute.



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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. 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.