The standard DNA 'prism' is a gel electrophoresis column, that is, a
long tube filled with jelly through which an electric current is passed. A
solution containing the scissored stretches of DNA, all jumbled together,
is poured into one end of the tube. The DNA fragments are all electrically
attracted to the negative end of the column, which is at the other end of
the tube, and they move steadily through the jelly. But they don't all
move at the same rate. Like light of low vibration frequenc...
I have used the barcode as a
symbol of precise analysis, in all its beauty. Mixed light is sorted into its
rainbow of component colours and everybody sees beauty. That is a first
analysis. Closer detail reveals fine lines and a new elegance, the elegance
of detection, of the bringing of order and understanding. Fraunhofer
barcodes speak to us of the exact elemental nature of distant stars. A
precisely measured pattern of stripes is a coded message from across the
parsecs. There is grace in th...