The greeting cards in this set of “Admixture Cards” have memorable phrases on the front. All the cards are blank on the inside.
Thank You: “Grazie, thank you, merci, gracias, danke,” and “single nucleotide polymorphisms” are wrapped around a drawing of the double helix.
Happy Birthday: “Happy sequential birthday,” and “unlike the numerical sequence of our birthday, our DNA is written as a series of letters — ATCG. Everyone’s sequence is unique.”
Did you know? Genetic admixture is a term used in the study of human evolution, referring to the interbreeding between individuals from reproductively isolated populations. What does that mean? When our ancestors mated, we exchanged portions of our DNA with archaic humans — more distant relatives. This admixture of our genome resulted in the introduction of new genetic variants into our modern human lineages.
Check out “Artist for Genomics” for more about my materials and methods to make us genome-literate. And for the science that inspires my work, read about “one of the great feats of scientific exploration,” the Human Genome Project.