Dark Zone Notecards
About the dark zones: There isn’t anything shadowy going on in the dark zones of our genomes. The regions are considered “dark” because long, duplicated chunks of genetic sequence and repetitive elements are challenging to map. Deciphering them is essential for improving the health of people alive today and understanding the role genetic variation played in human evolution.
Something extra: Enjoy the “Dark Zone Notecards” art on the front and then flip to the back for a jargon-free explanation of structural variation. For the science that inspires my work, read about the Human Genome Project, one of the incredible feats of scientific exploration. Check out “Artist for Genomics” for more about my materials and methods to make us genome-literate.