Legit burst out laughing when I got to the last panel. Only way to make this shit creepier.
I’M FUCKING SCREAMING OMGGGGGG THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE 90S TO ROMANTICIZED BY NON-90S KIDS FUCK
I feel like a legend.
well i for one embrace this utopian retcon of my teenage years
I present, a microbiologist magical girl! Or a microbe magical girl, whichever you prefer i guess, with guest stars from Moyashimon Microbes!
This was a commission from a really cool MCB grad student, and i was more than happy to work on it because it combines so many many many of my favorite things :D I was basically given more or less free reign with some input on the science side of things, so cookies to people who see all the little references in the picture to microbiology and lab work :3 I may do a rework of this with generic microbes and not moyashimon ones to bring to otakon and awa as a print, but we’ll see in a week or two.
I wanted to post this earlier but a giant headache basically pooped on the last 8 hours of my life v_v
OK COMMISSIONER/BIO-NERD MASTERPOST!
In time for Otakon, I will explain the various requests I put in for specific content for all those wondering what makes this image so special-awesome!
1) Double Helix motif on leggings. This one’s a freebie. Y’all shoulda caught that. I actually didn’t request this, but it works amazingly with the outfit~
2) Lab coat/goggles/leggings - lab appropriate wear! Many magical girls wear skirts, but safety protocol in most labs requires that the legs be completely covered. If you spill stuff on your pants, you can take off the pants before the spill hits your skin. Not so much if you’re rockin’ the zettai ryouiki. Same deal with the close-toed shoes (although seriously, why would you go with anything other than fabulous boots?)
3) The magical staff is modeled after an inoculation loop, with the base being a baffled culture flask. I’m in love with this because the baffles on the flask aid with mixing and aeration for the culture. I actually used to use these in producing biofuels from E. coli. The beauty of this is that STAFF TWIRLS WILL MIX THE CULTURE TO PRODUCE MAGIC FROM THE BACTERIA. If the transformation sequence doesn’t start with the culture being shaken, it’s not canon.
4) The magic circle is a double-reference! The inner portion is a riff on agar plate streaking patterns. Researchers will take something like an inoculation loop (LIKE THE STAFF, EH? EH?) and dip it in something like a liquid culture (LIKE THE STAFF AGAIN, EH?) and trace it along the plate on one side. The loop would then get cleaned (or replaced if disposable) and the same pattern would be made on another portion of the plate starting with a line intersecting the PREVIOUS streaks made. The goal here is to dilute the culture out so that individual bacteria will grow and form colonies. This will allow you to get genetically distinct individuals from a mixed population (each colony on the plate represents one genome given that most microbes streaked in this way will grow asexually - here’s a picture for reference: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/Legionella_Plate_01.png)
The outer ring is a (super awesome) take on radial phylogenetic trees, which are used to visualize genetic variance over time in a population. Starting from a common ancestor, branches represent diverging sequences in the genome, with the distance along each branch showing the time at which the divergence occurred. To phrase it another way, Moving outward from the center of the circle gives you time, and moving along the circumference of the circle gives you sequence variance in the population. Here’s an example of what this can look like: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e9/Tm7_bacteria_phylogenetic_tree.svg/1024px-Tm7_bacteria_phylogenetic_tree.svg.png
5) My personal favorite - the hair is an AWESOME interpretation of Neurospora crassa spores. This organism is significant as a model species used in studying genetics, and I only knew to request it because of a really cool (and important) experiment done in 1941 by Beadle and Tatum (read more here: http://www.genome.gov/25520248) to support the “one gene, one enzyme” hypothesis. Suffice to say that the unique appearance of N. crassa was highly beneficial to the study, and it also reminded me of hair braids - and so here it is!
(Also, please feel free to correct me on any of this - it is late and it’s quite possible that my explanations are unclear/incomplete)
an “answer sheet” of sorts for the magical girl picture! And here’s the updated poster for Otakon! You can fine me at Table G-07 YAY
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