Stem Cells Booklet

Anne researched and wrote this educational booklet on stem cell basics while a Communications Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The goal was to provide an engaging, science-based explanation of stem cells and how they’re used in medicine to inform a more balanced public discourse on the topic, which was generating considerable controversy at the time.

An extensive review process—involving members of the clergy and groups opposed to stem cell research, in addition to many scientists—helped ensure that the booklet would speak to readers with many different perspectives.

The booklet was well-received by its target audiences and tens of thousands of copies have been distributed to classrooms, museums and other groups.

Understanding Stem Cells

Understanding Stem Cells: An Overview of the Science and Issues from the National Academies