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Cellular Journey

Explore Cells of the Human Body and Stem Cells

Boy uses micropipette to sort tagged cells

The Clardy family plays "Cellular Pinball" in an attempt to sort embryonic cells in the body's natural pathways

“Cellular Journey” is a Fleet-created exhibition that features a series of interactive exhibits designed to introduce you to human cell biology, the importance of stem cells and the potential impact of stem cells on medical research in the fields of regenerative and personalized medicine.

You can use a microscope at the “From Tissues to Cells” exhibit to examine various human tissue samples. You’ll learn about four different types of tissues – epithelial, connective, muscle and nerve – and how they each carry out a specific function.

“Journey Inside a Cell,” using a unique virtual reality concept to explore what it looks like inside a human cell. The fly-through concept allows you to examine the cellular universe within the human body in-depth by venturing into specific parts of a cell. Get to know the inside of a human cell, and then launch a stem cell on its path to become a specific type of cell.

A realistic lab display will introduce you to the layout and functions of a typical stem cell research laboratory. Additional hands-on interactives give you the opportunity to explore some of the real life techniques scientists use in the lab when working with stem cells.

Learn about the three basic types of stem cells, embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), to examine where they come from, why they are important and how they are used.

Get the facts. Examine the latest information regarding how cells are used in research, future areas of research, and the potential risks, challenges and controversy surrounding this evolving field of science.

After you’ve examined a variety of reliable and balanced information on stem cell research, you can explore the history of cellular research.

This Fleet-created and community-developed project has been made possible by a grant from the Life Technologies Foundation, a non-profit arm of Life Technologies Corporation based in Carlsbad, California.