A Knitted Network of DNA

Beata Edyta Mierzwa

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Beata Science Art

  1. A Scientific Star Map
    26 Aug, 2018
    A Scientific Star Map
    It's a wonderful honor to present my new drawing for this year's ASCB|EMBO meeting! The intricate patterns of our night sky have inspired many ancient cultures who connected the stars to create constellations portraying myths and legends. This 'modern' star map is a scientific take on zodiac signs - showing constellations that form some of the most widely used model organisms and cell types. These model systems have greatly facilitated research and allowed us to discover much of what is known
  2. Growing Brain Cancer in Petri Dishes
    30 Jul, 2018
    Growing Brain Cancer in Petri Dishes
    Brain tumors are aggressive and deadly cancers, yet it has been difficult to study them in the laboratory. A new Nature Methods paper reports a ground-breaking method to grow tumors inside brain organoids, which are tiny organ-like structures derived from human stem cells that resemble the architecture of the brain. These tumors develop after introducing clinically-relevant mutations using genome-editing, and mimic the onset of brain cancer within the human brain - allowing researchers to learn
  3. An Epigenetic Jungle
    23 Jul, 2018
    An Epigenetic Jungle
    A gibbon is swinging across a river within an epigenetic landscape, which regulates compaction and expression of our DNA. The arid desert illustrates loosely packed DNA containing actively expressed genes, whereas the tropical forest represents densely packed chromatin. The gibbon genome is similar to ours, but many regions were heavily rearranged during evolution. Still, even the rearranged genes keep their original epigenetic landscapes because the shuffling has occurred at boundaries between
  4. A Dynamic ESCRT for Splitting Membranes
    06 Aug, 2017
    A Dynamic ESCRT for Splitting Membranes
    I'm so excited to share a drawing I made for my own paper recently published in Nature Cell Biology!  This artwork illustrates the dynamics of a protein machinery for splitting membranes. This machinery, called ESCRT-III, forms spirals that constantly exchange their building blocks with the help of a protein called VPS4. This remodeling allows the spirals to change their shape and constrict membranes until they split, for example in the final step of cell division that separates the emerging
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