Garvan at Vivid 2021

The Science

DNA – the molecule of life – is commonly thought of as a static structure or a mere code. In reality, it is central to a dynamic wonderland of molecular activity that takes place inside all of our cells and is unique to each of us.

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Lights illuminate different areas of activity, initially revealing the patterns and sequence of molecules within the DNA that encode our genetic information. At one end of the sculpture, DNA tunnels into a molecule that, when activated, can read the DNA code and copy pieces of genetic information for use elsewhere in the cell. At the other end, DNA curls around a second molecule that is responsible for packaging the DNA into our cells and controlling access to information encoded within the DNA.

Learn more about Genomics Education at the Garvan Institute.