DNA as Scripture

In a National Geographic article on: What Darwin Didn’t Know, they used the expression that scientists now consult “DNA as Scripture”.

I’m pondering how to incorporate DNA representations into a series of mixed-media work I’m doing around Darwin / evolution / palimpsest / molecular biology.

Here’s an image that has some similarities to the work of an artist friend, Kate Hemenway.

This image from a book Evolution looks like it could be text written between the strands. I’d like to play with this idea a bit.

DNA molecule with lines that look like lightning or jolts.

Carl Woese: “Organisms are resilient patterns in a turbulent flow.”

Along the way I found that there’s a Molecule of the Month website.

And so then I searched for DNA Dummies and sure enough, came across DNA for Dummies.

Some interesting facts:

DNA is the abbreviation of DeoxyriboNucleicAcid

The DNA molecule is the foundation of the genetic properties and that it is some sort of copy machine.

If an individual has 2 identical alleles we call this person homozygous.

DNA is present in every cell in our body. Each cell has a small compartment, the nucleus, in which the DNA is present.

The human DNA consists of 6 million basepairs.

There are 4 different nitrogen bases: Adenine (A), Thymine (T), Cytosine (C) and Guanine (G). These bases are often called after their first letter. The A in a strand can form bonds with the T in the opposite strand and the G can form bonds with the C. They form basepairs.

Photos of Darwin

as a young man

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