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Stem cells are red, violets are blue ...

October 6, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Petri dishes are great, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is too?

It might have skipped your notice that Wednesday is Stem Cell Awareness Day, and California's stem-cell agency is marking the occasion by announcing the results of one of the stranger poetry contests ever to grace the arts scene.

The contest had welcomed eloquent entries from around the world about stem cells -- it received 18 of them -- and has rewarded the winners with a portrait of a stem cell. Framed.

I think that I shall never smell/A poem as lovely as a stem cell.

OK, I wasn't one of the winners, but Kandy L. Bain of Crestline was:

Small but mighty
Here I am undifferentiated
With no destination just yet……….
I am poked ever so carefully with a small
Metal tube containing some
Information full of direction
Here I am filled with new direction
Because the Scientist and I
Worked together………
Together we can give rise to

-- Karin Klein

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