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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.




Potential Difference Art Exhibition

Celebrating the achievements of female scientists.

Glass Lab’s Sarah Keer-Keer and Laura Reed are taking part in this exhibition with artist Hamer Dodds. These glass pieces show how the ratio of males to females in science starts off 50:50 at undergraduate level, but slowly as careers progress and mature, fewer females remain in science and the gender balance changes, become male dominated. The glass is exhibited in petri dishes and emulates agar culture.

Potential Difference aims to:

- generate an exhibition of female role models to inspire the next  generation of scientists

- showcase leading-edge biomedical and biological research produced by University of Edinburgh scientists

- create an historical archive that captures a transect of international research spearheaded by female scientists

- provide an active learning resource that opens discourse on gender parity in Science and exposes some of common misconceptions that envelope female researchers

- promote interdisciplinary interaction between early career scientists and artists



Launch of the Exhibition

Friday 10 April 2015, 6pm - 8pm

The Royal Society of Edinburgh,

22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ


Opening address:

Professor Alice Brown CBE, RSE,

Chair of the Scottish Funding Council