Fused glass Human Karyotype

Another beautiful piece of glass emerges form the kiln and is washed off. I always feel the glass look its best in the sink!

This karyotype shows several abnormalities, can you spot them?

Trisomy of chromosome 8 - which causes Warkany syndrome 2, this is often leads to miscarriage if it is a complete trisomy. 

2 Trisomy 21 - Down’s syndrome.

3 HER-2 amplification on chromosome 17.

4 Translocation between the bottom of chromosomes 9 and 22. This is called a Philadelphia chromosome and is associated with chronic myelogenous leukaemia.

These Karyotype pieces are being created as part of a body of highly textured, and highly contrasting, glass for the Royal Blind School of Edinburgh. We have worked with their science teacher to come up with the best ideas that will help her visually impaired and blind pupils with their science lessons. 

The image below shows the piece just prior to going in the kiln.