Thursday, September 11, 2008

Genome Quilts

Artist Beverly St. Clair crafts fantastic quilts based on DNA sequences. The idea is quite simple: each nucleotide base is represented by a different type of square. Creating a quilt that represents the entire sequence of a gene results in stunning patterns:
"The human WIG-1 gene is involved in the p53 dependent growth regulatory pathway. [. . .] Part of the WIG-1 gene's DNA sequence is encoded in the triangle blocks, which are then quilted to show the molecular structure of DNA."

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