Posts from the ‘DNA’ Category

This protein is the result of spelling out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in amino acids (with a couple substitutions being made for non-corresponding letters).


Geneticist Runs Personalized Medicine Superstudy On Himself

Michael Snyder has taken “know thyself” to the next level — and helped heal thyself.

Over a 14-month period, the molecular geneticist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, analyzed his blood 20 different times to pluck out a wide variety of biochemical data depicting the status of his body’s immune system, metabolism, and gene activity. In today’s issue of Cell, Snyder and a team of 40 other researchers present the results of this extraordinarily detailed look at his body, which they call an integrative personal omics profile (iPOP) because it combines cutting-edge scientific fields such as genomics (study of one’s DNA), metabolomics (study of metabolism), and proteomics (study of proteins). Instead of seeing a snapshot of the body taken during the typical visit to a doctor’s office, iPOP effectively offers an IMAX movie, which in Snyder’s case had the added drama of charting his response to two viral infections and the emergence of type 2 diabetes.

(Read more of the Wired Magazine Article)

The work being done in the ‘omics is fascinating, and I don’t think it will be too long before this kind of testing is standard for occasional checkups, much like physicals are today. The danger is the inevitable discrimination that will result, and the remedy for that is educating our current and future policy makers and managers to avoid that mistake.

The process behind DNA art, a glimpse at genomics and why the mixing of science and art is beneficial.


This is you

The human genome: lookin’ good.

We are beautifully complex!


Written In DNA

I mean that quite literally. Harvard nanosculptors have developed a technique to stack “bricks” of DNA (essentially small sequence blocks) into defined shapes. By altering which DNA tiles go into a mix, different complex forms can be assembled, including these letters, numbers and characters!

Check out Ed Yong’s full post written in the genotypeface, and his full piece at Nature News.

(via Not Exactly Rocket Science)

Atomic movies and DNA font, it has been a good day for creating new letters with awesome science!


Art of Science by Stephen Gaeta. In this project, Gaeta uses passages from significant historical science texts to form his images. 

History? Science? Art? What is there not to love about these? The DNA is by far my favorite though.