Category Archives: DNA

Music from the Genome: Cloud Atlas as Biological Symphony

Describing his composition of Cloud Atlas Sextet to his friend Sixsmith, Robert Frobisher writes, “Boundaries between noise and sound are conventions…. All boundaries are conventions…. One may transcend any convention” (Mitchell 460). It is thi… Continue reading

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It was Very Good

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ― Albert Einstein Is she spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise? THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer […] Continue reading

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What Makes You Stronger Could Also Kill You

DNA methylation was one of those wondrous discoveries that has completely changed the way we think about evolution and genetics. Essentially, certain characteristics and traits may or may not be expressed due to the attachment of methyl groups to DNA molecules. This process however, doesn’t take thousands of years, but can occur in a single […] Continue reading

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Incorrectly Cracking the Code of Life

After watching NOVA’s 2001 special, “Cracking the Code of Life”, which not only explores the superficial characteristics of DNA but also depicts various bioethical issues, I can’t help but be frustrated with the documentary’s depiction of the Lord family. Each of the twin Lord brothers had a son with Tay Sachs, an awful diagnosis for […] Continue reading

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If You Could Know, Would You?

In 2001, PBS’s documentary series Nova released an episode over the human genome titled “Cracking the Code.”  It was over the new and rapid advances being made in the field of genomics.  The human genome had recently been fully sequenced and it appeared as though the world would be facing many large and terrifying advances […] Continue reading

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Viewing DNA in Communication Terms

In the 2001 PBS special “Cracking the Code,” host Robert Krulwich opens the documentary by claiming that the “secret of life” is a “message contained in this stunning little constellation of chemicals that we call DNA.” Both Krulwich and his first interviewee Eric Lander call DNA a “code,” a “story” or “storybook” and “information.” Krulwich […] Continue reading

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Viewing DNA in Communication Terms

In the 2001 PBS special “Cracking the Code,” host Robert Krulwich opens the documentary by claiming that the “secret of life” is a “message contained in this stunning little constellation of chemicals that we call DNA.” Both Krulwich and his first interviewee Eric Lander call DNA a “code,” a “story” or “storybook” and “information.” Krulwich […] Continue reading

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A Different Sort Of Sharing

Transformation is the process by which competent bacteria take up foreign plasmid DNA from their surroundings and incorporate it into their own genome. If, sometime in the near future, it were possible to alter the human genomic structure or develop vectors to allow such a process to occur, the implications would be enormous. Not only […] Continue reading

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