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Beata Edyta Mierzwa

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Beata Science Art

  1. A Pac-Man Toxin in Tuberculosis
    18 Feb, 2019
    A Pac-Man Toxin in Tuberculosis!
    Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease and one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The disease-causing bacteria, called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, are depicted in the drawing in red. To overcome stress conditions, these bacteria can slow down their growth using special pairs of genes that encode both a toxic protein and an antitoxin that functions as an antidote. This drawing illustrates the discovery of a particularly exciting toxin (the Pac-Man) that can actually kill the
  2. Crocheting the Mitoribosome
    10 Feb, 2019
    Cover for Molecular Biology and Evolution
    Crocheting the mitoribosome - a combination of a hand-drawn illustration with a real structure of the human mitochondrial ribosome. Ribosomes are giant machineries composed of protein and ribosomal RNA that synthesize proteins encoded by the genome. The genes within mitochondria are synthesized by their own specialized ribosomes - the mitoribosomes, represented by the crocheted structure in the drawing. Unlike other ribosomes, mitoribosomes are highly variable across species, yet the reason for
  3. Self-RNA editing is required for self tolerance
    06 Dec, 2018
    EMBO Reports Cover
    My new cover for EMBO Reports - illustrating how editing of RNAs prevents autoimmunity! Our immune system is extremely efficient in protecting us from foreign pathogens, yet at the same time requires self tolerance. A new paper shows that the protein ADAR1 is required for editing the sequence of RNAs to prevent them from being recognized as foreign by the immune system. When this process is perturbed, unedited RNAs inhibit the elimination of T cells that recognize self antigens, leading to
  4. 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
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