The DNA Monster

By Carl Zimmer | February 16, 2008 11:46 pm

DNA monster
Jay Phelan writes:

“I got it around 1990 when I was in graduate school. As I got deeper into the study of evolution, genetics, and human behavior, I realized that there was a tension between what my genes “wanted” me to do and what I wanted to do–from the fattiness of the foods I ate, to the selfishness/selflessness I showed to others, to issues with managing my money, my risk-taking, and my relationships, and more. It dawned on me that I was fighting a never-ending battle. Anyway, I tried to come up with a design that captured that tension and, once I did, decided to get it tattooed on my back…”

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Comments (4)

  1. Jill

    This is such a great tattoo! I fantastic divergence from the typical double helix. Great philosophic meaning behind is as well.

  2. Roy Englert

    Jay. “The DNA Monster” may well destroy all mankind in the end. Our ability to work with DNA holds promise and terror. I am sure that police at crime scenes sometimes wonder – what would make a person do this? Perhaps, the answer is the DNA monster! One hell of a tattoo!

  3. Ari

    This tattoo is really excellent, but how exactly are your genes involved in money managing?


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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