Story Dispels Myths About Stem Cell Research

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Editor,

I want to personally thank you for the wonderful art review on The Art of Stem Cells being held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts (OCCCA) in Santa Ana. Such a glowing review by your art critic, Daniella Walsh, who is held in the highest of esteem by OC artists. The subject of stem cell research is controversial and a show such as this one, gives the viewer a chance to better understand the role of stem cell research and dispel some of the myths about the research.

Basically, stem cell research is about how stem cells can replace diseased cells in the body with regenerated healthy ones. Twenty-eight artists made conceptual art pieces after meeting with 22 UC Irvine researchers and visiting their laboratories at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center on the UCI campus. The result was to help educate the public through visual art about the treatments and cures that are at hand with the use of stem cells.

I wanted to bring recognition to these dedicated scientist who have given a lifetime commitment to finding cures and fighting against human suffering.

Thank you for letting our readers know about the show and that they will have another chance to meet personally with researchers and artists at a closing reception, Oct. 4.

We will be teaching a free art class on making a stained glass stem cell that night.

Leslie D. Davis, Laguna Beach

The author is curator of the Art of Stem Cells exhibition.

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