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Embryonic stem cell use
topic of discussion at 'U'
August 6, 2001
By Whitney Elliott
As the scientific community continues to recognize stem cell
research as a means to discover treatments for many common dis-
eases, the use of embryos in the research has sparked debate on
whether stem cell technology should be funded by the federal
A stem cell is a cell that has the potential and ability to become
number of different types of cells, depending on the conditions
within the body to which the stem cell is exposed. From embry-
onic stem cells, different organs and tissues develop.
Cell and Developmental Biology and Anesthesiology Prof.
Marie Csete uses adult stem cells in her research at the University.
In designing her research projects, Csete said she intentionally
did not plan to use embryonic stem cells because she foresaw the
current debate on the ethics of embryonic stem cell research.
"I didn't want to have to backtrack," Csete said,
She said although her research may not require embryonic stem
bells now, keeping that option open to scientists is important.
A IS FOR APPLE
School of Ed. hosts technology
conference for K-12 teachers
By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily News Editor
The days when a piece of chalk and a
chalkboard were all an instructor needed to
teach reading, writing and arithmetic are
The University's School of Education has
teamed up with Apple Computer, Inc. to
give K-12 teachers an introduction on how
to inc.rporate the Internet and iMacs into
their curriculums to help students learn.
"Apple's real goal ... is to reach out to
teachers and to show them what is possible
with tcchnology in their classrooms and to
provide hem (with) the training that they so
despesrtety need," said Cyndy Everest-
Bouch, Apple's training and development
The fi- day Teacher's Institute, held at
the Schoot of Education as part of a group of
confere-c across the continent this sum-
mer, brings norc than 100 teachers to Ann
rbor. E ach pat icipant is loaned an Apple
ook, which is ronnected to a wireless web,
Oves te course of the conference, the
teachers go t1 svorkshops to learn how to
take adfantag f various applications,
such as iM ovies and digital microscopes.
The people heading the workshops are
themselves and ca
grams are relevant t
One member of ti
ford University stud
perspective on howt
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"The reason why scientists are so concerned about access to
these embryonic stem cells is the efficiency of adult stem cells in
making muscle is less than in embryonic cells. Having (embryon-
ic stem cells) in the future for us is going to be very important,"
Csete is interested in why stem cells develop into the types of
cells they do.
"We think that the stem cells use the gases around them to
determine what kind of stem cell they will become," Csete said.
When diabetes affects the body a person accumulates more fat
cells than he or she would have without the disease, she said.
"In diabetes and aging, you lose a substantial amount of muscle
and you accumulate fat in muscle. We feel that stem cells play an
active roll in this process," Csete said.
"We think if we understand which genes are being turned on
that that will give us potential drug targets. (We want to) turn the
stem cells on to their maximum muscle producing effect, she
Students For Life President Andrew Shirvell, an LSA senior,
See STEM CELLS, Page 2
on about how the pro-
a the classroom.
he Apple team is a Stan- e
ent who offers a unique
the use of technology in By Steve Jackson
enefit students and how Daily Sports Editor
and mentor teachers,
Since 1992 there have been 156
will enable them to aid openings for head football coaches
eveloping the 21st cen- in Division I-A. Twelve of those
a COMPUTERS, Page 2 went to black coaches. Currently five
blacks are head coaches in Division
The Rev. Jesse Jackson recently
met with NCAA officials to discuss
ways to increase opportunities for
minorities in college coaching. The
meeting left Jackson feeling encour-
aged, but no changes were made in
the association's policies.
"We can't force anyone to hire
more minorities," said NCAA Man-
agement Committee Vice Chairman
Percy Bates, who is also a professor
at the School of Education. "All we
a asss O can do is provide a good example
ptowek, Faith Foster and try to educate our member
learn to use IBooks. schools, and we are doing that.'
See COACHES, Page 2
Ozzfest makes a stop at DTE Energy
Music Theater, bringing with it a gaggle
of freaks and heavy metal hounds.
Janet Jackson rocks the Palace of Auburn Hills In D
Daily Staff Reporter
University Prof. C. Loring Brace has found a link between prehistoric
dwellers of present-day Japan and the first humans to live in North Ameri-
Brace, curator of biological anthropology at the University's Museum of
Anthropology, is co-author of a study published last week in the Proceed-
ings of the NationalAcademy of Sciences.
Brace has been working on the project for more than 20 years with an
international team of researchers. He began his research by studying
decreasing tooth dimensions in progressively more modem humans.
"There were preliminary indicators of a decrease in human tooth
See HUMANS, Page 2
Teachers Carolyn Cu
and Rasha Gwaltney
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The University o'fors resources to help
students discover whether they have
depression and how to overcome it,
Big Ten coaches and players met with
the media in Chicago to discuss the
upcoming football season.
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