Right Turn: Fire(flies) in the belly

Author: Lisa Willemse, 07/04/14

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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):

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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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Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Lisa is a science communicator with 15+ years' experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, child development and technology. She launched this blog (first as the Stem Cell Network Blog) in 2009, and served as co-editor until April 2015. She is currently the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has recently contributed to Motherboard, Science Borealis and the Genome Alberta and Canadian Blood Services blogs. Follow her on Twitter and Medium @WillemseLA.
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