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).
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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.
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.