Sunday, November 21, 2010

Genetics Inspired Jewelry and Tutorials

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The 19th century was the century when the study of matter shifted from hokey alchemy to modern chemistry. Then came the 20th century's physics based emphasis on combustion, electricity and nuclear power. Our 21st century has been labeled as the century of biology.

In 2003, the publication of human genome provided us with the blueprint of life, identifying our genetic code. With the knowledge, scientists will be able to advance medical breakthroughs in the future and improve our lives.

So keep current with Shannen L's DNA earrings tutorial on Cut Out and Keep as shown above. She uses several eye pins for the horizontal bars. You might also like to check out the other genetic jewelry tutorial developed by two biology teachers using different colors of seed and bugle beads but assembled in a bead weaving fashion with just one piece of wire.

If you do go on to make these earrings, what do the beads represent?

DNA is a double helix whose spiral backbones are made of sugar and phosphate groups. Linking these (as demonstrated by the bugle beads in the earrings above) are 4 types of nucleotides. These are called base pairs because adenine will only bind to thymine, while guanine will do so with cytosine.   

Molecular Muse on Etsy whom I have featured before has a wonderful Base Pair earring design below where you get to choose your own DNA (or RNA) base pairs. Molecular Muse by the way has a PhD in Biophysics and Biochemistry. Who says scientists aren't creative?


Another scientist who is completing a PhD in neuroscience is Australia's Morphologica on Etsy. This is the store's Helical Symmetry laser cut DNA earrings in frosted ice acrylic.


Want something even more realistic? Perpetua caters to loving pet owners who wish to preserve something of their dogs or cats before they die.

DNA samples are taken from the animals - an easy way is just a painless cheek swab - and then Zoogen (which trademarks Perpetua), an animal DNA forensic service company enhances and colors the DNA. They incorporate it into the classic double helix structure encased in a pendant. There are two designs. Heck, if they can do this for animals, I am sure it will work for human DNA too!


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4 comments:

  1. I have ALWAYS thought that science and creativity go hand in hand. This plays out daily in my work as a singing voice specialist, voice teacher, voice scientist and musician. How else can you describe the yearn to experiment, play with materials (data) and think outside the box? Those things all come from the same Source.

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  2. I couldn't agree more Cate. Creativity is a very important part of science - coming up with experiments to test hypotheses, problem solving and so on.

    It's a crucial asset to nurture in young people because they are going to need it when they are older. So I find it distressing in tough economic times when school authorities cut the very programs that do just that - music and art.

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  3. Thank you so much, Pearl! I really enjoy your blog. And I love these DNA jewelry tutorials on the web!

    I very much agree that creativity is important to science. I've heard quotes about how artists and scientists are similar because they are both moved to explore the world and figure it out, but in different ways. I find this very true.

    (Hooray for us!)

    Happiness,

    .raven.. (via Etsy

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  4. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks so much for the feature and hello to a fellow scientist :) Sorry about the delayed reply...just in the middle of trying to finish my PhD thesis. I really appreciate the mention though!

    Nicky (via Etsy)

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