Right Turn: It glows, its heart beats, and it grew from STAP cells

Author: Lisa Willemse, 01/31/14

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By now, most readers will be familiar with this week’s announcement of a remarkable new discovery that mouse cells were made pluripotent using a relatively simple and quick acid bath technique. For those who aren’t, there’s reams of coverage, including some great articles here (Paul Knoepfler’s blog), here (the Guardian) and here (Nature News). As an aside, the winner — er, loser — of the worst headline on this story goes to Canada’s own Globe and Mail for making it sound like it’s 2006.

While I saw a great many photos of the now infamous fluorescent embryonic mouse, I only stumbled across this video once. Even if you’re not intrigued by the exciting finding of Obokata et al., just watching this tiny green heart beat is quite extraordinary.

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 are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.

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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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