Celyn Imagines a Healthy DNA Future for Wired
All life on this planet starts with DNA. All the information necessary to create life is packed into these tiny helixed threads spooled up inside every cell. But what if that map could be changed? What if the instructions to build life could be rewritten at an atomic level, allowing human beings to edit the development of life and shape organisms from their conception? That’s exactly what biologists are at the edge of doing and with that comes incredible implications and a wealth of knowledge. As we understand how to do these things, we learn more about the building blocks of life and how to make life richer, more effective, and work for everyone better. Until it’s mastered, reshaping DNA will be something of a walk through the woods, so when Wired asked Celyn to illustrate the complex issue for the magazine he went with that feel.
Celyn’s illustration shows a climb towards enlightenment up a staircase made of DNA. Towards the bottom of the illustration the staircase is degraded, a representation of the “errors” we find in DNA. When DNA becomes damaged or is filled with bad actors (like a predisposition to heart disease or other ailments) it’s carried forward down the bloodline forever. With new advances in DNA technology we can repair those errors. In Celyn’s illustration we see this staircase studied by scientists and becoming cleaner, more solid, an easier climb. It shows a future of health, sculpted by scientific study.