October 24, 2020

The Niche

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Emma Stone dishes on spiderman and stem cells: very cool!

Emma StoneThe upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man looks to be pretty cool and I’m not even a fan of Spider-Man.

However, making me even more interested in it are the rumors that stem cells are part of the plot.

One of the stars of the movie, actress Emma Stone, who plays the character Gwen Stacy reportedly mentioned stem cells several times during a press conference about the movie. In fact, apparently Stone was literally studying stem cells during the making of movie.

She is quoted as follows:

[The studio] took us to these labs and this was the first time in my life that I’ve really been very angry about not going to college, because I went to these labs and I was fascinated! I knew what they were talking about. We looked at Biophotonics, and what happens with cortisol fires off in your brain and how the same thing that causes acne can cause diabetes. And they’re proving that stress has a link. I was learning about regeneration. We were injecting axolotls and seeing how they removed their arms. We looked at stem cells that they wired to beat like a human heart. They are finding ways to do this. I was fascinated!

Hey, stem cells are even more cool if Emma Stone is fascinated by them, right?

She goes on to say:

“What do I need to do to intern?” You need to be a college graduate. And I was like, “But I know what you’re talking about! I can learn!” It made me so upset. It’s like joining the Peace Corps, you have to be a college graduate. It sucks! I can learn, I can learn, I swear. So I really got so interested in Biology, that was one of the most exciting parts of this process, learning about medicine and regeneration and stem cells, all of it expanded my mind in so many different ways. Now, I’m going to take a Biology class.

Hey, Ms. Stone, you can intern in my lab if you do a PSA promoting stem cells!

As someone who is not a Spider-Man expert, I also found it interesting that apparently stem cells have been involved in the plot of Spider-Man through the years.

 

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