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The complete set of chromosomes for an individual is called a karyotype. It is often arranged in size order, with the sex chromosomes at the bottom right. The two 'X' sex chromosomes show that it is a karyotype for a person who is genetically female. Seed pods from flame trees bear a striking resemblance to photographs of chromosomes as seen under a light microscope. In this sculpture the likeness has been enhanced by removing segments of the pods, allowing the play of light and shadows. Judith Glynn is a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her sculptures depict human life and interactions in a variety of media, and are held in collections across Europe. 'Karyotype' was made for her solo exhibition Aspects of Life in Clare Hall, Cambridge.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine







seed pods


H 400 x W 250 x D 15 cm (E)

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