2018 AMI Online Salon

Tomorrow’s Perfect Humans

Project Details

  • Entrant’s name:  Lisa Qiu
  • Contributors:
  • Membership Type: Student Submission
  • Address: Vaughan, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: © 2018 Lisa Qiu
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk Maya 2018, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, Journal cover
  • Primary audience: Research Scientists

Project Description

Recent advancements in CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a molecular genome editing tool, have allowed scientists to “edit-out” a disease-causing mutation in human embryos. Although CRISPR technology shows great promise as a means to study and fight genetic diseases, it is not without controversy: some see this type of intervention as approaching and perhaps breaching ethical boundaries. This editorial illustration was created for a science journal cover to provoke curiosity and prompt researchers to read the featured article. The illustration depicts a set of gears made in the likeness of a human embryo where an incongruent piece is being removed, representing the removal of a mutated gene.