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Feb 01, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 3)

Life Sciences at Michigan

  • Sem Cell Tutorial
  • Nothing Significant
What caught my eye at this academic site was its on-line tutorial linked through the opening page, Stem Cells Explained. Hosted at the University of Michigan, the site does contain other features, but Stem Cells Explained is one of the best on-line sources on this topic that I’ve found anywhere. Stories include the basics of stem cell science, an interactive (actually multimedia) tutorial, a list of researchers at the University of Michigan, and a section of questions and answers. There are subtle and not so subtle hints about their graduate program mixed with some of the content on the pages, but I can’t think of a better way to get potential graduate students interested in a program than what the designers of these pages have done. A great way to get a message across without getting in the visitors’ faces.
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