When Scott Noggle was an undergraduate student watching various PIs present their work to give students an idea of which labs they may want to work in, he saw a video of cardiac muscles developed from mouse embryonic stem cells. The cells were beating in the culture dish — contract, contract, contract — and Noggle's imagination was hooked. "Most things don't move around in the dish while you're looking at them," says Noggle, now a PI at the New York Stem Cell Foundation. "It was pretty wild."

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