Garrett M. Morris
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
13. Life Cycle
Garrett Morris combines his training in computational
biology with an eye for composition in his computer
14. Arms Race
"Life Cycle" depicts a small
circular DNA composed of 100 base pairs, close in size to
the smallest circle known, which contains about 80 base pairs.
Most DNA is found in long strands, but some organisms
contain small circles of DNA such as this.
Garrett Morris writes about this work: "It is somehow
fitting that a cyclic process, such as life, be reflected in a
cyclic molecular structure built from its basic building
blocks. The image evokes the cycles of life, and the rainbow
hues celebrate its diversity. The cyclic passage from
darker times to brighter ones is also suggested." The atomic
coordinates were created in collaboration with Tom Macke.
The image was created using the Application Visualization
System, and finished in Adobe Photoshop.
"Arms Race" depicts a battle between HIV and antibodies.
Garrett Morris describes the work: "This picture is much
more experimental and figurative that most molecular
graphics images I produce. The darkness of the image
attempts to convey gravity. I have overlaid an optical
illusion called the 'cafe wall' effect to convey the shifting
nature of the virus."