Cambridge, United Kingdom
Painting - Digital Art
this piece is a hand painted digital rendering of the quadruplex DNA (artist impression). It is ispired by the recent discovery of four-stranded DNA in vitro, made by Giulia Biffi and the researcher of the University of Cambridge (UK).
The same scholars had published, in the Fifties, a description of the DNA helix (normally, a helix with just two strands and not four). The discovery of four stranded DNA helix can bring further improvement to the screen and maybe cure of cancer: this is because cancer cells , that replicate fast and abnormally, can be hypothesized to be four-stranded.
Because quadruplex DNA is abnormal, I decided to render it as a "moving" crazy helix with intervining strands that seem to collapse into one another. The colors choses are a blue, a red, a green and a yellow (to convey anc contrast the four different strands of this kind of DNA).
The piece was hand painted with GIMP (the movement of the strands were provided manually, then blended and blurred into one another), and modified with Paint.NET. I also decided to highlight the higher top of the piece with a sun spot (top left) and a lense effect (top right, with diagonal movement and reflections towards to the lower left corner).
The interlacing of strands and the movement of them inplying fast replication, is thus highlighted as if happening under the eyes of the viewer of this piece.
"Quadruplex DNA" is used as image for MinaGrey's (http://mina-grey.com) news report about this impressive discovery, that can be found here: http://mina-grey.com/scdir.php?aid=20
January 28th, 2013
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