Kevin Olsson


The primary purpose of the study is to explain using text and illustration the sexual differentiation and development of the human embryo. The thesis will explain in detail known aspects of crucial and intermediate events that occur during the development of an indifferent human embryo to a sixteen week male fetus. Specific attention will be given to molecular events that occur at week seven and the results of those processes on a gross level. It is the aim of this thesis to define and address all known and relevant aspects in a manner that enables the most complicated events to be clear even to people with minimal scientific background. In order to bring the reader to the level of research discussed throughout the dissertation, a brief exploration of specific chemical and biological properties, genetic structure and function and other various molecular and cellular events are discussed in detail. The thesis study was divided into two main categories. First, an illustrative show was held at RI.T.'s Bevier Gallery. The illustrations were created using both traditional rendering and computer graphics. Second, the written thesis that encompasses the aspects of both molecular and cellular and tissue and organ development. The 1995 graduate student spring quarter show used traditional rendering to depict on a gross level the stages of development from a four week undifferentiated (indifferent) embryo to a sixteen week fully differentiated and developed male fetus. In addition, a poster size computer color schematic was printed to show the pathway of sexual determination initiated by SRY and MIS molecules which are essential to produce male offspring.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Sex differentiation; Embryology, Human

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School of Art (CIAS)


Wabnitz, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Wanek, Nancy


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: QP278 .O47 1996


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