Light Grey Art Lab going on through May 10th. If you are in Minneapolis, please stop by to see all of the amazing naturalistic work exhibited.
I spent the better part of a week huddled in to the books at the University of Minnesota Biomedical library, studying DNA and transcription. I have always had an interest in genetics (Gattaca was my favorite movie for a long time) but just recently I've started to comb over the specifics. It has been incredibly enlightening as I had always thought the topic to be too heavy duty.
What I find interesting about Mendelian (and even cross) inheritance is the regularity with which particular traits can be predicted in offspring. With these mice I wanted to take two coat patterns not found in typically found in nature and recombine them in to a study with a mouse family, exhibiting four possible outcomes of the birth of Mrs. Mooshka.
Here is the result when stars are dominant, spots are recessive. I plan to create more work in this vein in the future because I believe that this fascinatingly complex topic can be made accessible to everyone. If you would like to check out the other pieces in the show or buy a print you can purchase one here