**Gels** is a science-inspired generative piece. Our algorithm simulates *gel electrophoresis*, a powerful experimental method in molecular biology used daily by thousands of scientists worldwide. In the lab, scientists "run a gel" to separate and visualize molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins. These molecules appear as patterns of bands when photographed, and those patterns can be used to interpret the results of experiments.
The band patterns derive from a combination of a simulated experimental method and real-world data, including DNA sequences that encode the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and the corresponding mRNA vaccine. We selected these sequences to acknowledge and commemorate their global impact over the past few years.
Our simulations also take into account human error — mistakes are common in the lab, especially for novice researchers, but they can also lead to visually interesting band patterns.