This artwork was created as a cover image for Nature Genetics for the Vaquerizas lab. We wanted to create something that was distinctive but referenced enough field-specific imagery for the subject matter to obvious at a glance. We settled on a cross-section of at gastrulating drosophila embryo.
Cells in different parts of the embryo express different genes (colored highlights) and will form different tissues. However, chromosome conformation capture and imaging approaches show that the three-dimensional organization of the genome across these different tissues is the same.