Winter 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Writing in Code: Literature and the GenomeJanuary 1, 2006 |

From Loneliness to Ubiquitousness

Let me introduce myself. My name is DiNA. I do not like boasting, but still I must tell you that I am a very beautiful molecule. Yes, I know that is in the eyes of the beholder, but try to visualize my twisted rope-ladder shape. Two harmonious helical structures stretching out through space and interconnected with rungs that can 'have two different pairs of colors. But I am not only aesthetically appealing, I also contain hidden messages. Combinations of the four colors encode these messages. My attractive features were kept secret for about 3.8 billion years, until, only fifty years ago, a strange animal shot X rays at me. With my vanity I could not resist reflecting these rays, and through this my identity was revealed. My original great-great-grandfather decided that a right-handed structure is more beautiful than a left-handed one and since then all my descendants have had this configuration. He also decided on the use of a particular form of encoded language, and this has also

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