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The Stem Cell Divide
JULY 2005
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Growing Organs
Photograph by Max Aguilera-Hellweg, M.D.

A liver-shaped "scaffold"—a biodegradable foundation used to encourage cell growth—is stained with blue dye to indicate the pathways through which stem cells will be infused to grow a brand new organ. Researchers in Anthony Atala's lab at Wake Forest University are building such body parts using adult cells, but are also studying the genetics of embryonic stem cells, which, if they can be controlled, are a more versatile and potentially promising medical tool.


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Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Ebony SV45
Film Type: Kodak Ektachrome 100 Plus Readyload
Lens: Schneider Macro-Symmar HM 120mm, f/5.6
Speed and F-Stop: One minute @ f/11


Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: Balcar lightbrush
Special Equipment or Comments: I have been working with a light painting tool for years; sometimes it is just the right thing to use.
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