Junk DNA Discovery or as I like to say: Science is Pretty Fucking Exciting

Excuse my language, but come on. I just finished the Times article about the junk DNA/Dark Matter discovery. My heart is pounding.

I remember when I first heard the term “junk DNA” and the idea that it served no purpose. That’s ridiculous, I thought. They just don’t know what the purpose is yet. I’m no genius and now I’m thinking I must have misunderstood the term, because who could have come to the conclusion that it served no purpose. We don’t know what it does so it does nothing?

In any case, WOW. Please read the article. The implications are far reaching and astounding. A great use of federal funds. Thank you government and science!! Congratulations!!

And now for lots of cute. First up, Bleeck’s belly. Painfully, painfully cute.

And, evidence of progress. Bleeck is successfully shrinking the allowable kitten proximity zone. For comparison, the previous allowable kitten proximity zone follows.

See? Progress. The last cute shot is of a new puppy in my neighborhood …

I’ve seen him twice now. He’s, like, movie star adorable. He’s very very tiny. I wish I had included something for scale.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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7 thoughts on “Junk DNA Discovery or as I like to say: Science is Pretty Fucking Exciting

  1. I hate to tell you but Bleeck has his eye on the duvet! What would Finney do if “the new guy” set one paw on it? Have your camera at the ready, please!

  2. Did you see the piece a few months ago with the new theory of schizophrenia? There are lots of viruses that piggy back on our DNA, and never do much of anything. When a mother gets sick right before giving birth, weakening the baby’s immune system, there is a particular virus that gets active, and causes genetic damage to the child, which doesn’t manifest till late adolescence. This causes neurological damage, which manifests as schizoophrenia. That is a super condensed, I hope half assed accurate explanation. In the immortal words of Maynard G Krebs, what an age we live in.

  3. Thanks for the heads up about the DNA discovery. I’m full of wild uprise about how amazing life and health will be 100 years from now.

    That Bleek is a Charmer. Tell Finney: Resistance is futile.

    When I take photo of small things I use a tea bag for scale.

  4. I think that’s a little French Bulldog puppy there…very cute. And I agree with Karen’s and Vivian’s posts…Finney will soon succumb to Bleek’s seductive ways…how could he resist? And I just briefly skimmed the NYT DNA article that you referenced…your enthusiasm and emotional response makes me wonder if this might be a perfect topic for your unique investigative approach for a new book?

  5. I hope you tickled that Bleek kitten tummy. He is in the same pose as the cat in what I think was the very first YouTube video that I ever watched, the old ‘Cat I’m a Kitty Cat, and I dance dance dance’ one. He looks soooo happy to be living with you!

  6. Finney still won’t let Bleeck touch him or play with him. It’s a little heart breaking. I feel bad for both of them. For Bleeck because he wants to play, and for Finney, because he wants to be left alone.

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