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A Genome is Not a Blueprint


Genome vs. Blueprint

Image: 1936 Joy Oil gas station blueprints (top); sequence from human chromosome 1 (bottom).
Source: from A Monkey’s Blueprint by Martin Krzywinski on SA Visual

When artist Martin Krzywinski was challenged to come up with a graphic that quickly and concisely shows how the human genome is more similar to chimpanzee and bonobo genomes than to the gorilla genome, he faced many hurdles – from combating the idea that a genome is a type of blueprint to the technical constraints of depicting the 3 million bases that comprise our genome. In A Monkey’s Blueprint, Krzywinski walks us through the process that eventually led to images that appeared in the September 2014 issue of Scientific American.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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