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Trends Immunol. 2016 Apr;37(4):247-50. doi: 10.1016/j.it.2016.02.002. Epub 2016 Mar 9.

The Scientist as Illustrator.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5650, USA. Electronic address: jiwasa@biochem.utah.edu.

Abstract

Proficiency in art and illustration was once considered an essential skill for biologists, because text alone often could not suffice to describe observations of biological systems. With modern imaging technology, it is no longer necessary to illustrate what we can see by eye. However, in molecular and cellular biology, our understanding of biological processes is dependent on our ability to synthesize diverse data to generate a hypothesis. Creating visual models of these hypotheses is important for generating new ideas and for communicating to our peers and to the public. Here, I discuss the benefits of creating visual models in molecular and cellular biology and consider steps to enable researchers to become more effective visual communicators.

PMID:
26968491
PMCID:
PMC4900463
DOI:
10.1016/j.it.2016.02.002
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