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Jan. 24, 2011

Science Rocks: A Biologist's Mother's Day Song

by Leslie Taylor

Video by cadamole

Although Mother's Day is still a few months away, it's never a bad idea to tell your mom how much she means to you. Perhaps a song expressing your appreciation of her genetic contribution to your existence would warm her heart?

The song begins:

To make one me you just add
Half of mom and half of dad
That is what I once believed
But I know now that I was wrong
I got so much more from you mom
Than just half a set of genes
I got nutrients and transcription factors
and nearly everything that matters
plus my prenatal environment (transplacental inheritance)
mRNA, mitochondria,
That back in the day once belonged to ya (theyre cytoplasmic)
and I just want to thank for supplying them

Just like two strands of DNA are spirally entwined
Your nature and your nurture are inspiringly combined
Scientists remind me and I find that it is true
Slightly more than half of everything I am is thanks to you

You can get the mp3 at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cadamole (it's the first song)

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is Science Friday’s Web editor. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be.

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