Chromosome Painting

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Geraldine Ondrizek
Exhibition
Chromosome Painting is based on a synteny map, a colorful, striped array that compares gene sequences between species to elucidate the evolution of chromosomes. The chromosome painting technique, also known as “fluorescence in situ hybridization”, can detect chromosomal markers and abnormalities, such as translocations and structural alterations that are associated with various physical qualities and anomalies. The book is designed like a Pantone color chip book with the name of each hereditary cancer marker carried on each chromosome printed on the back of each page. This work and the silk chromosome panels were originally made for the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington to raise awareness and funds for genetic testing for cancer.
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