2022 AMI Online Salon

Pig Xenotransplantation

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Hannah Montague
  • Client: Class work
  • Copyright: Hannah Montague, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Watercolor, ink, Clip Studio Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Physical
  • Primary Audience: Research scientists

Project Description

Developments in xenotransplantation may increase the number of organs available for transplants, as well as offer the option of customized organs for recipients with special conditions, thanks to gene editing technologies.  These technologies enable pig organs to be less prone to rejection reactions.  The purpose of this illustration is to quickly bring attention to and summarize both the advances in technology, and the case study of David Bennet who received a pig heart in January 2022.The image excludes depictions of humans to ensure no possible demographic was indicated or excluded from possible benefit of the technology, instead focusing on the genes edited within the pig.  The image is intended for a scientifically literate audience, as might receive a professional journal such as Frontiers in Immunology.  The image is an editorial poster.  The chart uses different values both to resonate visually with the colors of the poster and make the information easier to follow.