Intended Audience

The Embryo Project Encyclopedia aims for many different audiences. Any one person can be a member of different kinds of audiences at different times. And that person might use the encyclopedia for different purposes or for different contents at different times. Below are a few examples.

  • A voter concerned about bills or candidates proposing to regulate or deregulate something like in vitro fertilization might start by reading about in vitro fertilization, and as she continues to learn more, she might read about Robert Geoffrey Edwards, Patrick Christopher Steptoe, and the early and later series of experiments they employed to develop in vitro fertilization.

  • Students studying for exams about the kinds and functions of germ layers in embryos will find articles on endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm helpful. They may also benefit from articles about the people involved in developing the ideas.

  • A pregnant woman may want to learn more about some of the medical procedures her doctor may talk about or that she may undergo. Articles about amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, laparoscopy or fetal surgery may help her.

  • Scientists might like to learn about the history of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. A timeline shows the people who influenced the lab, people like Frank Rattray Lillie, Jacques Loeb, and Thomas Hunt Morgan, while images and videos show the lab from another time.

  • A journalist in need of biography for contemporary scientists of note will find unique resources with articles on people like Victor Ambros, Lewis Wolpert, and Zhang Lizhu.

  • A teacher designing a lesson about the political and legal contexts of stem cells might draw from articles about George W. Bush’s announcement about stem cells, his subsequent Executive Order, and Barack Obama’s 2008 Executive Order. That teacher will also benefit from article about stem cells, umbilical cord stem cells induced pluripotent stem cells, and human embryonic stem cells.

The content in the Embryo Project Encyclopedia is important to many different audiences, so the encyclopedia aims for an inclusive, rather than an exclusive, audience. This means that different kinds of articles and objects come together in new ways.

We think that people from many different audiences can understand complex issues with the aid of clear writing that limits jargon, with emphases on historical descriptions and explanations, and with articles that connect together in semantic webs, and that connect to pictures, timelines, and other visualizations in digital exhibits.

We ask that you contact us with questions or comments, that you interact with the Embryo Project on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and that you continue to use the encyclopedia as it grows to include more content.