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Super Cells has grown wings and flown over to Newcastle. Yes, I know, you’re struck dumb at the improbability of this terrible metaphor, but far less than I am: having reviewed every word, every animation, every image, every concept of this exhibit, I’m completely baffled at how the feather follicle stem cells snuck in there in the first place. Hair follicle stem cells, yes; super heroes posing as stem cells, yes; even the limb-and-tail-regenerating stem cells of an axolotl. But feather stem cells? Not a one.

Kidding aside, we are thrilled that the Super Cells exhibit has begun its global tour. So is our partner in the UK, the Cell Therapy Catapult, and, judging from the video below, the Centre for Life and those who attended the recent opening, all give it thumbs up as well. The exhibit runs in Newcastle until April 19. We encourage you to fly over and see it for yourself.

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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.