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This article has been approved for publication in the upcoming Lego Letters Quarterly.
About this creation

Can you imagine where we would be today if Franklin, Watson, or Crick had played
with Legos? Our generation, well ... your generation, might be immortal by now.

As all of you have no doubt noticed, this particular section1 is minifig, not human, DNA (or indeed that of any other living thing). This is indicated by the fact that the sugar in each nucleotide (shown below) is not 2-deoxyribose, and interestingly
not even ribose, but rather legose, a sugar obtained only from the fruits
"autumn's green pride" and "pink revenge" (also shown below). The relative scarcity
of this key ingredient explains the rarity, and hence expense, of minifigs.

Through extensive sampling and data mining from various minifig populations
around the world (including fantasy era, coast guard, and belville), it has been
determined that this section is part of the gene that codes for the stud on top of
the minifigs' heads. The gene is ubiquitous in the Lego kingdom. Different alleles
of this gene result in open or closed studs, as well as studs with or without the
Lego trademark, or no stud at all in the case of the tile phenotype. Gross
aberrations in this gene results in Mega Bloks.

1All bond angles in this model were computed with the Christiansen approximation, and are therefore only accurate to within 1 part in 3, accounting for the symmetry between major and minor grooves, among other artifacts. The authors hope to improve the model's accuracy with several dozen universal joints and a lot of SNOT (studs not on top).


"Explanation of X-Ray Diffraction Patterns of Plates and Tiles,"

Baron Von Barron (with Brown Flying Helmet) and Caveman (Minifig Collection Vol.1),

Physical Review Legos, Jun 1956, vol. 1154.

"The Construction Toys of Rosalind Franklin, a Personal History,"

Crown Knight (Scale Mail with Chest Strap, Helmet with Broad Brim, 3 Spots under Left Eye, Quiver),

12 Feb 1973, the Billund Lego Times.

Ole Kirk Christiansen and the Modernization of Physical Chemistry,

Belville Fairy (Dark Pink with Stars Pattern, Millimy),

1978, the Lego Press.

"Tensile Strength of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene,"

Draco Malfoy (Green Quidditch Uniform), Toa Inika Hewkii, Forestman (Black, Green Hat, Red Feather), et al,

Physical Review Legos, Apr 1962, vol. 762.

"Globalized Study of Typical and Atypical Minifig Head Stud Development,"

Fright Knight - Bat Lord (with Cape), Power Miner (Doc, Gray Outfit), Aquanaut 2, et al,

Lego Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Nov 2005, vol. 643.

The Tragic Legacy of the Fruit Laws in Fantasy Era Farming,

Crown Bishop (Chess Piece) and Barraki Kalmah,

2008, the Lego University Press.

The authors wish to thank Life On Mars Assistant (with Large Visor) at the Lego Library in Billund, Denmark, for invaluable help with researching this work.

Model of the sequence (from top to bottom): AT, CG, TA, GC, GC.

Nucleotides with pairs AT (left) and CG.

A phosphate group.


I have to go bone up on my Technic skills. I'd like to make a matching RNA strand
that is capable of splicing this section when I turn a knob (in a suitably hydrated
environment, of course).


 I like it 
  February 21, 2011
Hahahaha, brilliant.~H
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  February 17, 2011
Oh well done sir! Brillant bit of building and writing.
  January 12, 2011
Speaking of Megabloks, I am curious as to why you turned down the invitation to the LEGO purist group I sent you a few weeks ago. I'm not upset or offended or anything like that, but I am curious to know if you think there's anything wrong with the group, or if you just didn't feel like the group was right for you. It's a administration concern for me, you see.
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  January 10, 2011
Humor, humor, and more humor. Great work, and I'm glad to provide the confidence you mentioned elsewhere.
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  October 28, 2010
Even the bibliography here is genius - should it be cross-referenced to Bricklink? Smart stuff Tom.
  October 27, 2010
PS - "Gross aberrations in this gene results in Mega Bloks." One of the best Lego joke/comments ever. Lee.
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  October 27, 2010
It is certainly a clever build, but the "science" is really the star in this case. Nice job man, and thanks for the laughs. A new star for mocpages me thinks. Lee.
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  October 23, 2010
Quoting David J. That's ummm... very... scientific.
Sort of. It's actually a parody.
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  October 23, 2010
That's ummm... very... scientific.
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  September 10, 2010
Quoting Mudskipper 4 Wait - does that mean MY sigfig is related to yours?!
Well, no, but it's worse than that. My sigfig is an actual baby bunny, not lego. But the implication is that your sigfig is distantly related to my base plates. I hope you can cope with that.
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  September 10, 2010
You have now discovered - the life source of all minifigs. Wait - does that mean MY sigfig is related to yours?! Oh well, your sigfig is a good builder, so I guess they can be related...
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  May 6, 2010
WOW 0_o
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  May 6, 2010
I. Love. This. Page.
Tom Simon
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Thomas N
  May 2, 2010
AAAAUUGHH! The strange, logic defying construction of bricks makes my head hurt with its awesomeness! ~T
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  May 2, 2010
Quoting Nick Barrett Curiously, minifig DNA is uniquely aberrant in not being a double helix and your model reflects this. That's why they're the only organisms with corners...
Maybe, except the DNA shown IS a double helix. I guess the pictures didn't come off as well as could be hoped. ;^}
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  May 2, 2010
Curiously, minifig DNA is uniquely aberrant in not being a double helix and your model reflects this. That's why they're the only organisms with corners...
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