2019 AMI Online Salon

Can Sharks Cure Cancer?

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Kellyn Sanders

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:

  • Address: Baltimore,MD

  • Client: Tim Phelps

  • Medium/software used: C4D, ZBrush, Adobe Photoshop

  • Final presentation format: Journal Cover

  • Primary Audience: Research Scientists

Project Description

Scientists have recently decoded the genome of the great white shark, unlocking mysteries about these feared and misunderstood predators. Understanding the genome has allowed scientists to dive deeper into the sharks’ genetic makeup revealing genes associated with DNA repair, DNA damage response and DNA damage tolerance. In contrast, humans are impacted by genome instability from accumulation of damaged DNA, creating vulnerability to cancers and age-related diseases. Discovery of these shark genes could benefit human genetic research.

This conceptual image plays on “unlocking the code,” of the A-T-C-G combination, which represents the genome being unlocked by scientists.  The underwater scene with a lurking great white shark suggests fear of these misunderstood predators.  Gel electrophoresis bands create the background water pattern.   The illustration is mocked-up as the cover of the journal Nature.