Genome quilts


17 Responses to “Genome quilts”

  1. guy_jin says:

    if the orientation of the blocks encodes the letter, then it will be scrambled when turned upside down.

  2. ornith says:

    @8: There are really only 2 valid orientations, assuming you stick to normal bed cover sizes, for the same reason you can’t turn a sheet sideways and have it fit on your mattress.

  3. Chevan says:

    “if the orientation of the blocks encodes the letter, then it will be scrambled when turned upside down.”
    Not if start/stop codons are included.

    Assuming the common start/stops are used, the most common start of AUG would become the “stop” codon UGC, which isn’t actually a stop codon.

    You’d just have to look and see if it’s got the right stops and starts to check if it’s oriented the right way.

  4. Modusoperandi says:

    “This one is why you’ll be bald at thirty, son, and this one is why I drink so much.”

  5. trimeta says:

    Actually, there are four possible orientations, not just “right side up” and “upside-down.” But if you’re encoding genes (as opposed to regulatory sequences, etc.), it should be easy enough to check all four orientations and look for the one with the largest open reading frame (that is, the longest sequence that makes sense as a protein). Or you could make sure your sequence starts with some sort of standard bar code, and check which orientation has said bar code.

  6. Anonymous says:

    There are three billion base pairs in human DNA. For a quilt six feet by six feet, that would be two millionths of a square inch in area for each square.

    Get me a microscope and a loooong winter!

  7. travelina says:

    That’s why I love BoingBoing readers!

  8. Takuan says:

    the whole thing is silly. Once two quilts were finished and stacked together we would be overrun with quiltlets. Worse than bloody tribbles.

  9. rvidal says:

    About a year and a half ago I found a bunch of ways folks were using DNA to make art or other fashionable items. Among them I found large paintings of your DNA running in a electrophoresis gel, molecular earings and the genome quilts!

    And more here:

  10. TharkLord says:

    I am entranced by their stegonographically palimpsestish qualities.

    Its so enjoyable when artsoscientificals find ways of presenting datacepts that reveal new information in patterns and forms.

    How comforting it would be to drift off to sleep curled up beneath a tumor-suppressing gene pattern.

  11. scionofgrace says:

    I LOVE when science and art intersect. This is wonderful.

  12. Takuan says:

    are the quilt squares impregnated with the amino acids?

  13. Jake0748 says:

    Of course.

  14. mello clello says:

    I can see this being useful in some kind of post-human culture where gene-splicing is a folk art and families hand down their particular genetic triumphs through the generations by way of the ancient technology of quilting.

  15. cagleart says:

    Question: “The blocks are placed in sequence.” Does this mean left-to-right in rows as in reading (Western) text? Or alternating left-to-right with right-to-left, which I think would be better, as it is more similar to an actual unbroken spiral-shaped path.

  16. Pipenta says:

    Is the artist a member of the Mme. Defarge knitting club?

  17. rvidal says:

    Cagleart, that’s a good point. Snaking it down would make it “closer” to the real thing.

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