January 27, 2013

Odes and Sonnets! Shakespeare stored on DNA!

Good news for fans of William Shakespeare who'd like a more modern way to enjoy his work and don't mind messing with a double helix of literary proportions!

Scientists have stored all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on snippets of DNA. Whether this act of preservation will inspire high school students to find new fascination within the works of The Bard of Avon is unknown.

Do I feel some kind of Frankensteinian project is being advanced? Hmmm...well, while they're at it, perhaps scientists will combine DNA from Woolly Mammoths with the sonnet-encrusted snippets making Poetry Slams all the rage!

Now I must regretfully inform you that a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth has been created to commemorate this old-meets-new literary occasion:

Poetic Woolly Mammoths roamed

ten thousand years ago

but never penned a single line

as far as we can show

It wasn't in their DNA

to sonnetize or rhyme

but if we bring the Woollies back

this might just be their time!

(c) jc 1.27.13