Transposon

(to the tune of “Delta Dawn”)

Copyright © 2013 Kevin Ahern

 

(sung in a twangy, country style)

 

Trans-po-son

All that movin' hither yon

You’re insertin' yourself in the chromosomes

I guess it’s why they say

You’re the jumpin' DNA

Movin’ and affectin' proteomes

 

You’re carryin' a gene that gives assistance

Helpin' tiny bugs to pass resistance

To a drug that otherwise might kill 'em dead

But with it they go on and live instead

 

McClintock studied you in Zea maize

Marveling at your mysterious ways

But the things you did went counter to what’s known

Somethin' like a genetic Twilight Zone

 

Transposon

All the battle lines are gone

Over mechanisms Barbara did surmise

It's good the truth came out

There will never be a doubt

She truly did deserve the Nobel prize

 

Transposon

All the battle lines are gone

Over mechanisms Barbara did surmise

It's good the truth came out

There will never be a doubt

She truly did deserve the Nobel prize

 

 

 

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