Evolution and Medicine
Evolutionary geneticists Athena Aktipis and Carlo Maley commissioned this image for the Evolutionary Medicine Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). See highlights (here) from the “Unicellularity to Multicellularity” conference.
To understand how the idea of increasing and differentiating cells was applied in the image, start at the lower left side of the spiral and circle around to the double stranded helix. The figure holding the mirror references Lewis Carroll’s “through the looking glass” — the phrase used in the conference title.