Stem cells are seen here changing into star-shaped brain cells – in an experiment that also transformed science into art. The beauty of scientific images from this and other research projects involving stem cells inspired molecular biologist Mina Gouti to print a selection onto canvas for public viewing. As part of her exhibition, groups of children and writers were invited to describe what they saw, using their imagination. One seven-year-old boy likened the image here to moonlit raindrops falling onto a window, while a writer saw the pattern on an aunt’s favourite summer dress. Twenty images, some of them digitally enhanced for artistic purposes, were shown in the Athens exhibition, followed by a second exhibition with twice as many. Now, Mina is hoping to organise a future exhibition in London.
Written by Mick Warwicker
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