An Infective Arm #scienceink

By Carl Zimmer | October 14, 2011 2:32 pm

Nuria Gonzalez-Montalban, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, writes:

My name is Núria and I am a biologist working with prions. Since the structure of prions has not been described yet (at least completely), I would not want to tattoo a possibly-wrong prion. Instead, I chose a T4 virus since part of my undergrad and PhD were related to E.coli and T4 bacteriophages.

Given that bacteriophages are the most common living thing on Earth, it’s good that at least one person on Earth has it on his arm.

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed will be published on November 1, 2011. (“Breathtaking”Publisher’s Weekly)

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  1. TWiV 165: The email zone | January 8, 2012
  1. Sad! I wanna be in that book. I have the Star Trek emblem with a carbon atom in the middle located on my ankle. I love it!! Soon I’ll have a star scape as well. Uranus and Cassiopia. Science people are awesome!

  2. Paul Burnett

    Carl wrote: “…it’s good that at least one person on Earth has it on his arm.”

    Uh, Carl…”Núria” is a female name.

    “…it’s good that at least one person on Earth has it on HER arm.”

  3. ChasCPeterson

    bacteriophages are the most common living thing on Earth

    Of course there is no consensus at all about whether they are ‘living things’.

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