For Grace (by Mark Schultz) This book, and every book forever and ever, is for Julie (by Zander Cannon) For R.A. (by Kevin Cannon)
A detailed translation of the report of Bloort 183, interplanetary biologist of the Glargal Royal Science Academy to his Supreme Highness Floorsh 727, concerning the universal regenerative strategy of life on the planet Earth, satellite of Sol.
p88: Lysenko's state-sanctioned program is an object lesson in what happens when what is wished to be true TRUMPS what the evidence demonstrates to be true. But this catastrophic refusal to accept facts that were inconvenient occurred long ago, in a totalitarian society, and could never happen in a democracy, in a scientifically enlightened era. Or could it?
P. 115: Cows now produce Human Protein C in their milk. Good news for Hemophiliacs and for stroke and heart attack victims!...A transgene coding for a specific enzyme converter, inserted into pigs, converts diet-harmful Omega-6 fatty acids into healthy Omega-3 fatty acids!...Transgenes inserted into malarial mosquitoes can render the insects incapable of carrying the parasite responsible for that dread disease. And transgenes from three different animal sources have been inserted into yeast to help fabricate a drug to fight malaria. This particular project has already proven a success!...Animal transgenes have also been put to some rather oddball uses. Zebrafish, laced with the jellyfish gene for fluorescence, for instance. The inserted gene is used as a marker—an environmental alert system. The transgene is manipulated to express—to fluoresce—only when pollutants in its zebrafish host's waters reach a specified unhealthy level.
Let’s face it: From adenines to zygotes, from cytokinesis to parthenogenesis, even the basics of genetics can sound utterly alien. So who better than an alien to explain it all? Enter Bloort 183, a scientist from an asexual alien race threatened by disease, who's been charged with researching the fundamentals of human DNA and evolution and laying it all out in clear, simple language so that even his slow-to-grasp-the-point leader can get it. In the hands of the award-winning writer Mark Schultz, Bloort's explanations give even the most science-phobic reader a complete introduction to the history and science of genetics.
The Stuff of Life Revealed
In the panels below, Bloort teaches his fellow alien about DNA.
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