CHROMOS: zoom into the 3D structure of our chromosomes

Babraham Institute scientsts (Stefan Schoenfelder, Csilla Varnai, Stephen Wingett, Stephen Wingett, Varun Kothmachu, Tauanna Amarante, Zahra Fahmi, Lina Dobnikar, Marco Michalski, Stephen Bevan, Jonathan Cairns, Boo Virk and Mikhail Spivakov) were joined by digital artist Andy Lomas and science communicator Kat Arney at the Hidden Rooms in Cambridge on Monday 13th March 2017. 

Dr Csilla Varnai, a post-doctoral researcher in the Fraser Lab and Group Leader Dr Mikhail Spivakov have been working with musician and sound producer Max Cooper and visual artist and mathematician Andy Lomas, to produce an emotive new way to experience the complexity and elegance of DNA organisation

Chromos takes data and inspiration from Csilla Varnai’s work creating computer models to study the physical arrangement of DNA inside cells. Her goal is to understand the importance of organising the genetic information recorded in DNA and the effect that has on living cells. Musician and sound producer Max Cooper created two music tracks ‘Chromos’ and ‘Coils of Living Synthesis’ based on the research. Visual artist and mathematician Andy Lomas devised a visual complement to the Chromos track and a Virtual Reality (VR) experience which allows people to climb inside the data. The music has been released online and the videos can be found here.

Photographs by Graham CopeKoga © Babraham Institute 2017