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The Creation of Organs: Stem Cell Research
oil on canvas
60 x 120 in.
Hunter Cole, Ph.D.
2001

The Creation of Organs depicts the potential to create organs and tissues from stem cells. Stem cells are primitive, immature cells that are precursors to mature, tissue specific cells. Stem cells can give rise to cells of many types. Stem cells from embryo and fetal tissue have the potential to develop into any tissue or organ in the body. Stem cell research has the potential to make advances in the treatment of cancer and diabetes that are likely to lead to breakthroughs in gene therapy. One day, as shown in this painting, stem cells may also be used to create organs for organ transplants. You will find in the painting abstractions of organs such as hearts, kidneys and lungs. You will also find abstractions of nerve cells. The women in center of the painting are contemplating the potential benefits of stem cell research. Despite the huge benefits of stem cell research, some people disapprove of it seeing an embryo as a human being with the rights of an individual. The woman on the far right contemplating the potential of stem cell research is also looking at and contemplating the the embryo on the far left that also has the potential to become a human being. Dr. Hunter Cole supports stem cell research yet creates a painting looking at both sides of the issue.


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