Molecular Diversity I
Fan (Helen) Yu ‘08
Department of Psychology / Program in Neuroscience
This black and white drawing intricately shows a human hand holding a conch shell (which in itself has highly mathematical as well as biological development implications) breaking down surrealistically into muscles, muscle fibers with actin and myosin proteins, the proteins breaking down to their histones and polypeptide chains with ribosomes attached, which finally reverse translates (and transcripts) to the nucleic acid DNA rising up on either side. The drawing could merely show a case of reduction, where all living tissue is merely a concretion of basic organic molecules. However, it also suggests a mystical make-up on its own, how such simple molecules can join and work together to create highly complex organisms and natural phenomena. The conch shell reflects that notion, since much research into molecular development starts from the protein and genetic feedback loops that work to create highly intricate patterns.