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