They fill my heart with joy,
These jagged peaks that cross my screen,
No mere Gs, Cs, As and Ts,
But mounts of blue, black, red, and green.
What mysteries will their sequence yield
About my very favorite gene?
Gail Begley has a Ph.D. in biology from Boston University and has held research fellowships at Oxford University and Harvard Medical School. Currently, she shares the excitement of molecular biology and biochemistry with undergraduates at Northeastern University and writes the occasional nature-inspired poem. This is her first science poem.
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