It’s July the 4th, a date that most people, or at least Americans, equate with celebrations and fireworks. Less known in the broader world is July 1st, which happens to be Canada Day in my neck of the woods. It also features celebration and fireworks. As lovely as the fireworks were at my local community centre on Tuesday, as I walked back home, I noticed the lights of several fireflies, which easily eclipsed the pyrotechnic bang and bluster. There is something mysterious and enchanting about fireflies, even when captured by a camera’s lens (image: Brandon Keim via Flickr):
You might be wondering what any of this has to do with stem cells. Fair question. The answer is contained in this TEDx Amsterdam video of Hans Clevers and his account of the search for the perfect stem cell to study and how they were able to see it so well. I’ll let Hans tell the story:
Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you usually find here, but they definitely won’t be your typical blogs.
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