If you conduct a google image search for "plasmid map" 99% of the results will show a circular map. And that is also what I would expect - but why is that so? Throughout my scientific career I have been trained to expect the virtual expectation to match the nanoscale - plasmids are circular structures of DNA - so we depict them as such. But is that the best way?
To me this seems inaccurate and inefficient to me in many ways by now.
We abstract away in all other aspects of visualization - zoom in of an organelle vs the entire cell, data trends vs tables, etc. Why not do the same for plasmids?
So what do you think - is the circular image easier to look at and understand, or the linear one?
Linear, condensed view of pET26b with inserts
Linear, extended view of pET26b with inserts
Traditional plasmid view of pET26b
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