Biology and Genetics

October 24, 2021
Hosted by The Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Teen Team

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Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose. Richard Dawkins Why is biology important? How can we understand genetics? Nihal hosts a program based on biology and genetics. He interviews teen author from New Zealand, Lucy Xu who wrote a creative and captivating retelling of the basic concepts of genetics through illustration and fantasy, The Scent of Genetics. It simplifies the complicated and technical scientific concepts for the layman or a younger audience. The graphic novel follows personified cells, proteins, and genes on their usual adventures. The cell is transformed into a kingdom, the nucleus becomes a castle, and all characters are ruled over by King Arthur. Lucy talks about her research and journey to publication. Newest reporter, Sharanya Roy joins the show with her segment, The Scribble. She shares her poem, Mirror Genes, that weaves the theme of genetics into her segment focusing on writing and poetry. Although many personality traits can be inherited from parent to offspring, writing isn’t one of them. The last stanza from her poem is In reality, I am 50% my mom, And 50% my dad, And 100% me. Her favorite poet is Sylvia Plath with her vivid imagery. Sharanya recalls a few lines from Tulips and compares it to what is happening wtth the pandemic. “The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here. Look how white everything is, how quiet, how snowed-in.” • Follow us: • • • Instagram:

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