Tag Archives: science

Turing and Snow White (2006)

Acrylic on canvas, 510mm x 510mm Alan Turing is rightly regarded as the father of modern computer science. He was also gay, and suffered terribly at the hands of 1950s British intolerance. After being charged with gross indecency, he was forced to take oestrogen in an attempt to quosh his libido. The side effects included […]

toxoplasma (2006)

acrylic on canvas 600mm x 600mm Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite which blocks the innate aversion to the smell of cat urine in mice. Since the mice are no longer afraid of cats, they get eaten and the parasite continues the next stage of its lifecycle in the gut of the cat, before being excreted […]

H5N1 virus [avian flu] (2006)

acrylic on canvas 610mm x 610mm H5N1 is a highly pathogenic strain of the influenza virus. Since the appearance of the strain in 2003 hundreds of millions of birds have become infected and died. While evidence of human to human transmission is contested, a similar outbreak of cross-species influenza in 1918 became a global pandemic […]