Right Turn: The sound of stem cells

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/01/13


If you visit the website of Dr. Michael West, CEO of BioTime, you can hear the “sound” of stem cells. Honestly. A computer algorithm has been used to convert microscopic images of human embryonic stem cells into an auditory file that is meant to represent what stem cells sound like. There are lots of clicks and beats, and I can’t do it justice in words. It runs for less than 90 seconds.

If visiting Dr. West’s site leaves you yearning for more, he will be speaking at the University of Toronto on Thursday, November 7, 2013. He is presenting “Cloning the Embryome: What we can learn from hES-derived clonal embryonic progenitor cell lines.” You can find more details here. You can also read Paul Krzyzanowski’s two-part interview with Michael West here and here.

Please click here for “the sound of stem cells.”

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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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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