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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v18.i1.420
44 pages

Abstract of "Diversity, Ethical Thinking, and Our Learning Society"

Kalle Levon
Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Six MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201

ABSTRACT

Laughter from a facial-bone-cancer patient is a good indication of the success with stem cell engineering. Facial reconstruction with the use of stem cells (SCs) made a Finnish man able to eat, speak, and smile again. Similarly, a pleasant sigh from a heart attack patient in Germany exhibited improved blood circulation after SC treatment. Such great news attracts more and more students to the field of bioinformatics to learn about signaling pathways. Similarly, students eagerly attend tissue engineering courses to learn the parameters affecting SC growth and differentiation. Curiosity of this order is an essential emotion that drives learning. It is important to encourage individual expression and opinion in our educational systems and to teach the respect for diversity in ethical thinking. Our experience is based on several years of teaching bioinformatics and tissue engineering courses, and addressing ethical issues in an individual essay format. This emphasizes the uniqueness of individual learning and builds the pathway for building personal skills. The excitement with the expression of personal views in critical issues is a good assessment for education in our learning society.