Here's a quote from the official home page:
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute's overall aim is to use the power of stem cell biology to understand and ultimately treat selected diseases and conditions.In short, The Harvard Stem Cell Institute is a place where scientist from many places gathered and trying to find new treatments for many kinds of illnesses and brings hope to many people who sufferred from those illnesses. You can find information about Stem Cell in Wikipedia or you can view the video below
Harvard is not the first one who investigate the possibility with stem cells, but it was done by Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till in the 1960s. Nevertheless, Harvard took the action to improve what has been done in the past and combine it with the technology that they have to significantly improve the research methodologies and techniques to develop new breakthrough in medical areas.
Why stem cell? Many scientiest believes that stem cells therapy can help people who has problem, such as leukemia, cancer, parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and muscle damage. For now, most of disease can't be cured, but i believe with the advancing technology, we will find the cure for this illness and many people will be saved in the future.
HSCI also offer internship program to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. It will be held in Cambridge and Boston, MA – Harvard University and the 11 Harvard-affiliated hospitals and research centers from Monday, June 7 – Friday, August 13, 2010.
Way to go Harvard and the Stem Cell Institute