7 feet of information.
Stored in the nucleus.
For this sciku.
Fast forward
along DNA
until reaching the stop codon.
Synthetic DNA.
The blueprint of life.
What is natural?

A Sciku is a scientific snack, a short piece of science-related poetry served in three lines. It’s inspired by the very short form of Japanese poetry called haiku though not strictly following its traditional form. This series of three life sciency scikus kicks off by introducing DNA as the ultimate hardware and software of life, continues by expressing a fundamental unit within this code: a gene, and closes with the question raised by the emergence of the new engineering discipline called synthetic biology.

You can find more illustrated scikus here!

Piece contributed by Jernej Turnsek, a first year in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Harvard University.

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