2022 AMI Online Salon

Bacterial Transformation

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Kerstyn Gay
  • Client: David Schumick
  • Copyright:  Kerstyn Gay, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: print
  • Primary Audience: General Audience

Project Description

This piece is intended to describe the process of gene transfer by bacterial transformation. Illustrated is the procedure of the Lux gene being transformed from the Vibrio Fischeri into E. coli and the gene being translated to express bioluminescence. Additionally, the process of artificial insulin production is described. The piece was formatted to fit to the standard dimensions of a 2-½ page spread in a National Geographic magazine. The content of the piece is image driven through simple illustration and aided by the use of text to assure that the science is clear and can be understood by a general lay audience. The bright colors and white outlines help to make the images pop off the dark background and make the piece more interesting and engaging. Further research for visualization was done by conducting a bacterial transformation experiment where the bioluminescence gene was transferred to a colony of cells.