Tuesday, January 29, 2013

News at Eleven: It required [Christian] Bok to compose two poems--

abbreviated sonnets, he calls them--using a lexicon that allows them to mutually encipher each other. The first poem is than translated into a sequence of DNA and implanted into the genome of the durable but harmless Deinococcus Radiodurans. In theory, the sequence would also act as a set of instructions that causes the organism to respond with another protein that, when decoded, reveals itself to be the second poem. Because of the hardy nature of the bacteria, these poems would live on forevermore.

from Calgary Herald: When sonnets and science collide: Christian Bok nearing end of long quest to create a living poem


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