Palindrome

I whirl giddily in your phosphorus embrace,
Awaiting erasure, coupling, and coil.

It’s so far across the cytoplasm—
I need your strong arm to steer me.
I enter the maw of your recombinase
And shut my eyes for the initiation.

You cross all cell boundaries
To effect devious rodent transformations.
But you are destined to create royal lines,
Annointed with collagen polymers.

I wonder though—
Might this palindrome be a dud—
Can you embed in these bonds a reset,
So that, evolving, I can revolve,
And can choose the life
I was meant to have?

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) is a historically significant genetic engineering technique that vastly escalates the potential for altering human, animal, and plant life.

Andy Oram
May 11, 2018

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