Totipotent art

Some biologists see the beauty in their work. More than a few artists draw inspiration from the natural world. But stem cell researcher and artist linkurl:Ariel Ruiz i Altaba;http://www.ruizialtaba.com/ successfully integrates the worlds of art and science, creating biology-inspired art while keeping up with the daily rigors of scientific research. "Eclipse" from Ruiz i Altaba'sPossible to Forget seriesImage: linkurl:Ariel Ruiz i Altaba;http://www.ruizialtaba.com/ "Mostly for someone to be prof

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Jul 22, 2010
Some biologists see the beauty in their work. More than a few artists draw inspiration from the natural world. But stem cell researcher and artist linkurl:Ariel Ruiz i Altaba;http://www.ruizialtaba.com/ successfully integrates the worlds of art and science, creating biology-inspired art while keeping up with the daily rigors of scientific research.
"Eclipse" from Ruiz i Altaba's
Possible to Forget series

Image: linkurl:Ariel Ruiz i Altaba;http://www.ruizialtaba.com/
"Mostly for someone to be professional in one field necessarily means that something else will suffer," says linkurl:Mark Kessell,;http://www.studiocyberia.com/info.php?infoID=x&OL=OL&seriesNav=off a doctor turned artist in New York City. "But I've never seen any sign of it with Ariel." Ruiz i Altaba has always been spellbound by the structure of the natural world, collecting snails and shells and insects as a child in Barcelona, Spain. But when he started studying biology in college, he discovered molecules, and became fascinated by "the development and maintenance of form from a...




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