Atena’s photo is turned into a painting in Beirut
Artist Rasha Kakati’s acrylic painting depicts the photomicrograph from 2017. The painting is on show at an exhibition at the American University of Beirut. The aim is to increase awareness about cancer and the significance of research, as well as raise money for cancer research.
“It feels very good that my photo has attracted attention and can hopefully make a contribution”, says Atena Malakpour Permlid, molecular biologist in Lund.
She and Stina Oredsson are working to solve the riddle of cancer. They have created cancer tumours outside the body, tumours that can be used to test different treatments.
The research is carried out without the use of animal testing or foetal calf serum. Using this approach, they avoid unwanted effects on animals, which otherwise can be the case in connection with animal testing.
“One of our goals is to reduce, and preferably eliminate, the use of animal testing in cancer research,” states Atena Malakpour Permlid.