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Art and bioinformatics

Diverted programs

With the novel advances in biotechnology, a new generation of artists is rising. In particular those who find inspiration in bioinformatics tools to create works of art on the theme of proteins and DNA.

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Sculpted proteins

Proteins are so small that no scientific instrument has yet been able to reveal them in their intimacy, so to speak. No instrument can take a photo of a protein and unveil its curves, texture and shape. So scientists have to resort to indirect methods to imagine a protein’s architecture. Bioinformatics is able to predict a protein’s shape according to the protein’s composition. Likewise, an artist can sculpt a protein by using the same programs.

 

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The woven genome

DNA is a succession of four molecules that bind together to form a defined combination. Imagine that for each of the four molecules a different coloured silk thread is chosen. The DNA can then be translated into a tangle of silk threads. And in the process, weave a piece of DNA, a gene and even a genome.

 

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