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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.