One of the best places to go for information on the rapidly moving field of stem cells is TED Talks. TED is a “nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks,” given in 18 minutes or less.
It was founded more than 30 years ago (1984) as a conference where “Technology, Entertainment and Design converged,” but it took until online video became widely available for TED to break into the public consciousness on a large scale. Now, these short talks given by thought leaders around the world are captured on video and stored on TED website as high-quality, high-definition footage.
Today, TED talks cover a massive range of topics in more than 100 languages. There is also a “TED Talk” app so that you can watch footage on your phone, tablet, or TV. Simply put, the term “TED Talk” has become a part of the public vocabulary.
Importantly, stem cell topics have broken on the “TED scene” as an important area of conversation. At my last count, I found more than 70 talks that mentioned stem cells within the transcript.
Therefore, to honor the thought-leaders who are spreading incredible ideas involving stem cells, today’s post presents the “Top 5 TED Talks about Stem Cells.” Each one of them makes for a fascinating and inspiring watch.
Criteria for Choosing the Top 5 TED Talks about Stem Cells
My criteria used for choosing the “Top 5 TED Talks about Stem Cells” were the following:
- Total number of views
- Specificity of the topic to stem cells
- Total number of shares across social platforms
- Total number of comments/discussion (“engagement”)
Based on these criteria, the following five videos were winners.
Top 5 TED Talks about Stem Cells
1. “Soon we’ll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill” – Siddhartha Mukherje (878,295 views; March 2015)
2. “The promise of research with stem cells” – Susan Soloman (769,764 views; June 2012)
3. “Transplant cells, not organs” – Susan Lim ( 589,660 views; Dec 2010)
4. “Can the damaged brain repair itself?” – Siddharthan Chandran (868,308 views; July 2013)
5. “A new way to grow bone” – Molly Stevens (1,074,64 views; June 2013)
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