News Report

Intermediate level

Pioneering ‘in womb’ clinical trial

Episode 151012 / 12 Oct 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) Researchers hope the stem cells will mend bones which are broken.

b) Researchers hope the stem cell treatment will result in brittle bone disease causing less suffering.

c) Researchers hope the stem cell treatment will effectively reduce diseases in the womb.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

stem cells
cells which can develop into any other kind of cells

unborn babies


cannot be healed

feelings and illness caused by a disease

Step 3: Transcript and answer

In the first clinical trial of its kind, doctors are to inject stem cells into foetuses in the womb in an attempt to combat a rare and incurable condition that causes bones to fracture easily.

Researchers hope the cells will reduce the symptoms of brittle bone disease.


b) Researchers hope the stem cell treatment will result in brittle bone disease causing less suffering.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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