The art in science
The top image in this trio presents a surprising perspective on Microtubules In Vitro. The striking Edvard Munch-like image was taken by Ian Newton.
Below, the colourful array of bacteria derived from a flower bed soil sample, illustrates the wide range of beautiful colony shapes produced by these organisms. The bacteria in the image, by David Widdick, are the source of many antibiotics.
The bottom image is Blue Wing by Tom Matheson. The photo was inspired by his research into the neuromechanical control of limb movements in insects. This subject, lit by oblique blue light, shows an intriguing pattern of dark pigmented patches and intricate wing venation of the adult fore-wing.
These are just three of the images in our smorgasbord of images. Vote for your favourite at: http://bbsrc2014.picturk.com/
Dr. Keith Black
and you need both to practice medicine
I love these. Especially the last one. The guy is like “yes, I know you tried. I know how hard this is for you and I appreciate everything you’ve done. It’s ok. I’ll be ok.”
Wow, these put chills through the spine.
This project started out as a way to multitask between my Bio courses and Art projects. Now I’m ready to commit more to this series and hopefully will have more pieces done over the summer. Check it out on Behance:
Currently doing a series called Organic. For this illustration project, I thought of incorporating nature into the design of our internal organs because of the parallelisms they share.
On the heels of this post detailing the adorable story of the hedgehog gene, here’s some more of my favorite silly gene names, and the mutant reasons their redonkulous names:
- tinman - Mutants do not develop a heart (Fruit fly)
- dreadlocks - Causes photoreceptors to sprout
- dreadlock-like axon projections (Fruit fly)
- tribbles - Causes out of control cell division (Fruit fly)
- maggie - Larvae never mature (Fruit fly)
- hamlet - Affects a type of sensory cell called “IIB” (Fruit fly)
- dunce - Affects learning and memory (Fruit fly)
- smaug - Represses Nanos, which means “dwarf” (Fruit fly)
- groucho - Excessive bristles on the face (Fruit fly)
- ken and barbie - Lack of external genitalia (Fruit fly)
- indy - Stands for “I’m not dead yet”, a la Monty Python (Fruit fly)
- lush and cheap date - Affect alcohol metabolism (Fruit fly)
- RING - A protein segment that comes from “really interesting new gene”
- tigger and pogo - Two families of transposable elements, or pieces of DNA that can jump around genomes (Multiple species)
- kryptonite and superman - Kryptonite represses superman, which causes extra stamens to form in flowers (Arabadopsis)
- Yuri gagarin - Protein involved in sensing gravity (Fruit fly)
- callipyge - Leads to formation of large, round buttocks in sheep (from Greek for “beautiful buttocks”)
- chablis, frascati, merlot, retsina, riesling, cabernet, grenache, chardonnay, chianti, pinotage, sauternes, weissherbst, zinfandel - A set of genes found to inhibit blood cell formation. Get it? Red and white?! (Zebrafish)
I think these would make an excellent art project, all you artistically-and-scientifically inclined people out there. Any of your favorites that I missed?
I agree. These would be perfect art ideas.
Medical artist Giselle Vitali, brings us a new anatomical series titled Drugs for Love. Giselle created these illustrations for an article titled Ciencia Para el Romance (The Science of Romance) in the Mexican magazine QUO. It’s inspired by the idea that historically love potions, spells and amulets have been used to try to influence love. With the science of today is it possible to create a drug that can chemically alter love and cure divorce? More - https://www.behance.net/gv_ilustra
Go into the arts…
I believe this completely. Especially for pre-meds, med students, and all those in medical/healthcare professions, sometimes art is the best way to care for our souls and ourselves.
"Medicine" by Gustav Klimt
In 1894, Klimt was commissioned to paint the ceilings in the University of Vienna’s great hall. The commission included three paintings, Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. When Klimt presented them to the university upon completion, they were determined to be pornographic in nature, and filled with “perverted excess.” The university would not display them. Medicine was the second painting in the series, and depicted the river of life, and the continuity of life and death, and had no allusions to medicine or the science of healing. Because of this, he was attacked by critics, who pointed out that Vienna at the time was engaging in major medical advancements, and that the painting did not depict anything about either prevention or cure. In 1945, the paintings were destroyed in Germany by advancing forces, the only remaining portions being a photograph of a portion of Medicine, and certain drawings and preliminary sketches.
For more info, check out: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1483769?uid=3738376&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=21103372210017
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