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Pulling Life Out of Thin Air (Science Ink Sunday)


Jason Affourtit writes, “The encircling equation represents biological nitrogen fixation, which was at the core of my undergrad/graduate labwork. Working in that research lab (which was originally just part of requirements for med school!–my intended goal) totally changed my focus…So it’s an homage to that period of time, my wonderful advisor, and that lab. DNA has been central to my work life in genomics and has run through as a common theme. So to me, a G-C basepair seemed a natural symbol of that.”

You can see the rest of the Science Tattoo Emporium here and in my book, Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

(Tattoo by Nick Bergin from Godspeed Tattoo in San Mateo, CA.)

3 thoughts on “Pulling Life Out of Thin Air (Science Ink Sunday)

  1. Bought your ‘Science Ink’ book, it’s excellent. Thinking of getting my first tattoo next year to celebrate my 50th birthday. I don’t work in science but have a keen interest in it. The book and the posts here give a lot of good ideas.

  2. Greetings,

    Science Ink was a gift from a fellow scientist who knew I was considering a tattoo from the Field (The USGS symbol for wetland as I am a wetland scientist) . It quickly became one of my all-time favorite books. In part because of the creativity and passion expression from those that obtained the tattoos, but equally from your respectful treatment of story. Sir, if you ever are out this way, gladly will I buy you a beer. Thank you.



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