Sunday, May 15, 2016

DNA Dancers

The phosphate strands, joined by a ladder of base pairs, spiral around one another in a double-helix. Seeing the structure visualized with Mills' theory was not just a milestone for our software, a satisfying culmination of a year of development work, but an extraordinary experience of beauty. 
The strands seemed to be dancers, spinning, their energy and momentum thrusting them outward, their free arm flying through the air, their other locked with that of their partner.
Yes, I think I fell in love with the DNA molecule in that moment. Nature, in all her indifference to human life, is beautiful; in the abstract form of her physical architecture we find reflections of our own memory and experience. 

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