Edge of the World

Deb Gumucio, Ph.D., Director, Center for Organogenesis,
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan

This image shows the posterior part of the stomach, a region called the antrum.
The antrum is important because the cells that reside here control the release of
acid from the more anterior stomach. They also direct the release of enzymes
from the pancreas that are needed for absorption as food moves into the intestine.
This control point is also one of two regions of the stomach that are highly
susceptible to cancer. Stem cells that reside deep within the flask-like green
structures are responsible for the regular renewal of this surface. Those same
stem cells are also believed to be the most likely source of stomach cancers.

Annabel Ebersole

This stunning photograph grabbed my attention right away.
Our stomach is integral to good health! Here was an ethereal
picture that I could interpret in fabric and thread. Creating
the textures with a new product “Texture Magic” made the
bumpy looking parts of the bottom section come out just right.
For the top half, I cut out many oblongs of different textures
and stitched them together before they were applied to the
backing. Using silk, wool, cotton, velvet and organza made
these cellular structures look like the photo. Finally, quilting,
painting and beads gave me the iridescence I hoped for.

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