Sunday, September 6, 2015

Crystallized DNA

"It takes a scientist’s know-how to capture these tiny scenes. Gledhill starts by placing a highly concentrated solution of synthetic DNA under a cover slip on a slide. He uses short fragments, since they tend to develop into a wider variety of forms. As the liquid evaporates, crystals begin to bloom. Gledhill uses a Canon EOS 5D mark II camera mounted on the eyepiece to record the magical evolution at a up to 10,000 magnification. The results aren’t textbook pictures of molecules, but rather works of psychedelic art.

It took about three months of nights and weekends to capture 15,000 DNA crystals, and Gledhill made videos and GIFs that reveal the entire process. He sets the camera to capture thousands of photos at regular intervals, as it takes 24 images to make each second of video. “The complexity is that you don’t know what is going to form and how beautiful it will be so its very much hit and miss,” he says."

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