...In Everything Series
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) or Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) is
All living organisms store genetic information using the same molecules — DNA and RNA.
This genetic code of molecules is evidence of the shared ancestry of all living things.
DNA forms a beautiful double helix that looks like a twisted ladder. RNA forms a single helix.
See if you can find the DNA helix in these sculptures from the
…In Everything Series:
Our Poppy - pistil = DNA helix
Manzanita Sky - branch tips = DNA helix
Humming Aquilegia - stem = DNA helix
Path - binds everyone's path! = DNA helix
Cedar waxwing - crest = 2 inscribed DNA helixes
Farewell to Spring - pistil = DNA helix
As a native of California, the clay state, I love turning clay to stone.
My intention is to share work that stirs the visceral will to face our many challenges,
with hope & joy, in the beauty that is in us and all other life. Beauty, that is under our feet and setting sail at our backs.
DNA is made of chemical building blocks called nucleotides. These building blocks are made of three parts: a phosphate group, a sugar group and one of four types of nitrogen bases.
The four types of nitrogen bases found in nucleotides are: adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). The order, or sequence, of these bases determines what biological instructions are contained in a strand of DNA.
For example, if your DNA sequencing were organized differently you could have been a Manzanita or a Humming bird.
The complete DNA instruction book, or genome, for a human contains about 3 billion bases and about 20,000 genes on 23 pairs of chromosomes. An Octopus has 28 pairs of chromosomes.
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