Our Cells Ourselves

Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

Available languages: English

Covered subject areas: Life Science & Nature

Runtime: 15 minutes

Release date: 2008

Our Cells, Ourselves explores the immune system, giving children and their families an understanding of how the body protects itself. We start with a bedtime story told to 7-year old Sylvie, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. In a dream-like sequence, we travel back to the primitive ocean, and discover the beginning of metazoan life and its basic needs for food and protection from other organisms. We learn how the immune system evolved, then take a look at the future of regenerative medicine therapies that rely on harnessing the body’s own restorative potential through the use of stem cells.

Produced by Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education.