𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐛 𝐌𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞

by Kunal Mehta

Recently I discovered about this 👇 wonderful bronze statue in Siberia in front of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

So what’s so special about it?

Initially, it looks like a mouse knitting a scarf, but on closer look it’s actually a mouse knitting a double helix of DNA!

The sculpture, called the ”𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐌𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞’ serves as a tribute to all the mice that were sacrificed for genetic research aimed at developing new drugs to combat diseases.

It was designed by artist Andrew Kharkevich to honor the 55th anniversary of the founding of the institute.

A closer examination of the statue reveals that the DNA structure twists to the left, representing Z-DNA, which is one of the possible double helical configurations of DNA.

Fascinating, isn’t it?


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