Toxic Tau

  • Debra Esterhuizen
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This image is the artist's interpretation of part of a scanning electron micrograph of a brain cell of an Alzheimer's patient. It shows a tangle of protein (green) which lies within the cytoplasm (blue) of the cell. The tangle consists of clumps of a toxic form of tau. The original artwork measures 77cm x 140 cm and is made entirely using the ancient craft of felt making and the medium is pure wool and silk fibres amalgamated with friction, soap and water.


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