Author: Equinox

Animation, Biology, Chemistry

Genetics animation clips


A series of genetics animations we produced for Science Photo Library, showing: (1) The transcription of DNA to mRNA, (2) Translation of mRNA to protein chains, (3) The mechanism of how smoking can alter DNA and prevent normal DNA function, (4) UV radiation damaging DNA structure, (5) Nuclear radiation causing a DNA mutation, (6) Polymerase

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Animation, Biology

Gaviscon Mode of Action animation


We created this animation for Gavison to show how Gaviscon can work in a complementary way to medication such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). Reflux events are caused by the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LES) failing to close fully, which allows stomach acid to enter the oesophagus. This causes burning in the oesophagus, and the vapours

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Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Illustration

Illustration for Nottingham University; Darwinian selection of proteins


An illustration created for the O’Reilly Research Group at the Unviersity of Nottingham, to illustrate the concept of using Darwinian selection to find better proteins, by making many small tweaks to their structure and selecting ones that are most effective at each stage.  The image mimics the famous monkey-to-man depiction of evolution, but using secondary

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Animation, Biology, Engineering

Microsoft’s DNA Strand Displacement tool (DSD)


We created this animation to explain some of the background and concept behind Microsoft Research‘s DNA Strand Displacement tool (DSD), It was created for Microsoft Research to use at Techfest, to explain the mechanics of DNA strand displacement, and show how their tool enables the design and simulation of programmable DNA circuits for biological computation.

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Engineering, Illustration, Space

Illustrations of NPL’s TRUTHS satellite


We created two high resolution illustrations for the National Physical Laboratory to publicise their TRUTHS satellite. TRUTHS will contain very precise, calibrated instruments, which will give a baseline for calibrating other earth observation satellites.  By comparing measurements, the accuracy of satellites such as ESA’s sentinel series will be greatly improved, leading to much better data

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Biology, Illustration

Illustration of Neuron for Pint of Science, Cambridge


We created a piece of art for Pint of Science which is an international organisation which brings together detailed science talks on a wide range of cutting-edge research, in an informal pub setting, with plenty of beer. We used 3D public domain data from Eyewire (a citizen science game that maps real neurons as players

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Biology, Chemistry, Engineering

Illustrations for Microsoft Research


We created two high resolution illustrations to explain some of the concepts behind two of Microsoft Research‘s analytical tools. This illustration on DNA Strand Displacement (DSD) accompanies four short animations showing how DSD can be used to perform logic operations, which in turn can form part of a biological equivalent to an electronic circuit, and eventually

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Animation, Biology, Engineering

Microsoft’s Bio Model Analyzer (BMA)


We created this animation to explain some of the background and concept behind Microsoft Research‘s Bio Model Analyzer project, which is a piece of software for simulating the behaviour of protein networks within cellular systems.  It is to be used to compare hypothesised models of protein networks with reality, and even to predict the effects

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