Who said science and poetry don’t mix?

Not me! And cer­tainly not Gail Begley, an aca­d­emic spe­cialist in the biology depart­ment and director of the Pre-​​Health Advising Pro­gram. Begley’s poem “Song of Sanger,” won hon­or­able men­tion in the annual poetry con­test of the Amer­ican Society for Bio­chem­istry and Mol­e­c­ular Biology.

In honor of my Friday exhaus­tion, I will sign off for the weekend with Begley’s words instead of my own, because I’m cer­tain they will be more enjoy­able to you:

Song of Sanger

They fill my heart with joy,
These jagged peaks that cross my screen,
No mere Gs, Cs, As and Ts,
But mounts of blue, black, red, and green.
What mys­teries will their sequence yield
About my very favorite gene?

Photo: jieq, “Snow White,” July 17, 2008 via Flickr. Cre­ative Com­mons attribution.