\ Visualizing Evolution: "The Fly"

Monday, July 7, 2008

"The Fly"

I just stumbled across this illustration quite by accident on the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA website, while doing an unrelated Google Image Search, and thought it was too beautiful not to post. Plenty of other neat illustrations on that page, but this one is the tops.

"This image represents the total view of modern biology (ca. 1989) including a model organism (Drosophila), cells (the photoreceptor), molecules (visual pigments; and the membrane protein rhodopsin in its native environment) and recombinant DNA technology (the expression vector). It was painted by Ruben Di Anda, a San Diego artist, based on a design by David Meyer (MBI member)."

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