DNA Skittles

I have created a monster in the form of DNA CANDY! What I have created in this 3D virtual world is something I want to eat, but will never be able to touch. Did I mean to make my DNA look like candy? Yes. I was inspired by bright, delicious colors and candy-like texture. (which in these pictures looks a little glassy too). I might change the textures to look more “realistic” in the future, but I like what I have at this point. Take a look!

chemistry up close

floating chromosome- condensed DNA wrapped around histones

A nucleosome consisting of DNA and histone- the structural proteins around which DNA is wound

nucleosomes zoomed out

from another angle

dna up close!

You can see the little chemical groups (the orange and red groups) that attach to the histone’s tail and cause the DNA to unwind- this leads to the transcription of the DNA and then production of proteins. Voila!

Picutre of author

About Claire Shapleigh, Biomedical Visualization

Hi, my name is Claire and I'm in my second year of the Biomedical Visualization MS program at UIC. It's a combination of art and science, and it's pretty fun. So far I've dissected a human body and learned how to draw in 2D using a computer AND my hand, and I'm about to learn how to 3D model. Holler at me if you have any questions about the program!

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