What this is about:
Our research work has recently been accepted in the scientific journal Nature Structural Molecular Biology (NSMB) and we would like to propose an idea for a cover page illustration/photo. We would be looking into a more abstract presentation of our discovery. The editors are encouraging us to “…to explore ideas that showcase the results without relying on structures [i.e. actual data], such as artistic interpretations of a concept or of some experimental data”. Examples of how NSMB likes to convert a discovery into a cover illustration can be found here: http://www.nature.com/nsmb/archive/index.html
What we have discovered:
We discovered a molecule (called “Unkempt”) that stretches round or irregularly shaped cells into an elongated, spindle-like cells. This activity of Unkempt plays an important role during brain development, when round, newly-born neurons are transformed into spindle-like cells by Unkempt. As development progresses, these spindle-like cells branch out into mature neurons, i.e. cells that make up our brain.
In the current report, we determined the molecular structure of Unkempt: it consists of two bulky domains that bind RNA (RNA is a long, thin and flexible molecule, somewhat similar to DNA). The two-domain structure of Unkempt and binding of RNA is necessary to produce spindle-like cells.
What we want / an idea for a cover page:
Something very simple and abstract that would figuratively present our findings.
Since the transformed cells appear spindle-like, we could show an actual spindle with some thread (=to represent RNA) wound around it, to illustrate how RNA "squeezes" a round cell to give it a spindle-like shape. The thread could, for example, continue into a ball of thread/wool to represent the bulky structure of Unkempt.
We are open to any other variation on this theme. A photo is preferable, but we would also consider a drawing.
Please find attached a file containing all the above elements synthesized into one possible idea/illustration.
One could also think about having something like pictures of neurons or brain in the background, but maybe easier to just keep it simple…
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if more info is required. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks a lot,