A Cell Biology Lesson Under the Needle

By Carl Zimmer | June 10, 2008 10:38 pm

Space DNA

Troy writes that he got his tattoo “as a post-doctoral fellow studying protein folding. The tattoo is sort of a telescoping view of the contents in a cell (many contents omitted, obviously). This came about from a very vague idea of something I wanted, and the artist (Chris Adamek, Immortal Ink, Clinton, NJ) really ran with it. He has no scientific training but came up with some really amazing artwork. He was so enthusiastic and wanted to know all about what it all meant and how it works. I enjoyed the experience of sitting with him for three days as much as I enjoy the result. The DNA doesn’t code for anything (at least not intentionally).”

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Comments (5)

  1. Nomskii
  2. Mano

    Hi, I was looking for some tattoo design showing some kind of science. Science is the most important thing in my life. I always loved it, and trusted in it. When I saw this tattoo, I decided that this is the tattoo I was looking for. I´m planning to do it in the next year.
    For me, given my reasons, this is the perfect tattoo.

  3. Rish

    awesome tatt!
    am looking into something around the same lines…….


  4. Jeff Feynman

    Uh oh. Hope you took these photos in the mirror and you don’t actually have left-handed DNA permanently tattooed on your arm.

  5. StarryJones

    Unless you took this picture in a mirror, your helix is left handed!


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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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