Monday, 5 March 2007

This microscopic god

'God' is another word for 'immortal'. Across its long history humankind has deified most of the things around it that has seemed, to its impermanent eyes, to possess undyingness: the natural world, the sun and stars, the sea and rivers, they were all here before we were and they'll all be here after we've gone.

Now we know better; but it sometimes strikes me as odd that nobody has thought properly to deify the one living process we know to be immortal: DNA itself. Is it the smallness of the object that makes this unappealing to people? We prefer not to confer deity upon the microscopic. We deny DNAity.

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