The Torch Is Passed…

By Carl Zimmer | August 1, 2008 1:13 am

Colm and Watson

Colm Ó Dúshláine writes,

I got a tattoo of a double helix on my arm (see attached) to “mark” the occasion of the submission of my PhD thesis. I felt I should have something that records my passion for genetics in the same way that another one I have, a celtic knot, records my ancestry. Anyway, a year later, my research group starts up a collaboration with James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. I thought it was pretty cool that I had the chance to meet him, so I showed him the tattoo! I was pleasantly surprised (and also felt VERY nerdy) when he at first couldn’t believe it was real!!

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Comments (4)

  1. jldugger

    Should have told him “It’s real, so you better be right!”

  2. synergy

    Considering his age and his views on other things, I wonder what he thinks of tattoos in general not to mention a PhD with one and showing it to him (I assume without Watson asking to see it).

  3. Karen

    Watson would be amazed at ALL the tattoos of the double helix. It would give him an appreciation of the great love for this discovery.

  4. Niamh

    I wonder what Rosalind Franklin would have say about it…..


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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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