Genetic makeup

Genetic makeup

This shape poem doubles as a helix and a chromosome! I grew up with a father who was (and still is) a biology teacher and have been tuned into science for much of my life. I did have my father as a teacher for one biology class and a science seminar class in high school and remember we were assigned to read James Watson’s book, “The Double Helix.” If you ever get a chance, you should read it.  Really interesting material this stuff of life. Even more shocking is the fact that if all the DNA was uncoiled from every cell in your body, it would stretch 10 billion miles or from here to Pluto and back!!!!  Too bad Pluto’s no longer a planet.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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6 Responses to Genetic makeup

  1. No doubt you’ve read Lewis Thomas’ The Lives of a Cell, et al? Wonderful stuff, science.

    • Yes, science is awesome! Lewis Thomas is one of my favorite science writers, along with Stephen Jay Gould, David Quammen, David Carroll and E.O. Wilson. I have read ‘Lives of a Cell,’ ‘The Medusa and the Snail,’ and the rest of Thomas’s excellent essay collections. Glad you enjoyed my DNA shape poem. Science certainly runs in my bloodline 🙂

  2. I know they say it isn’t a planet…but in my heart I still declare it one (just like I will stomp my feet and scream that unicorns, fairies, and Santa Clause exist). Poor Pluto. 😦

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