Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Stranger Than Fiction: Moonlit genes
My current WIP is sci-fi. Bio-punk, to be more specific. I guess I'm a little science-geeky, so this was a natural theme to turn to in my writing.
As a result, I find all kinds of inspiration in the natural world. So I'm going to bring some of that to you. Even if you don't write paranormal or sci-fi, it's a great thing to stretch our imaginations with real life stuff.
Here are some earlier posts on Zombie Ants and Luna Moths: Beauty at the Ultimate Price.
Today's post is on light-sensitive genes. Did you know that we, along with shellfish and corals, have genes called cryptochromes?
The genes are turned on by the pale blue light of the moon and are responsible for the mass coral spawning in the Great Barrier Reef following a full moon.
Nowadays, the cryptochromes play a part of human circadian rhythm but the light-sensing part is no longer functioning. Too bad; it would have been a good explanation all that so-called crazy full moon behavior! (see Sarah's post of whether the full moon causes lunacy)
For more info, check out the original article from Scienceagogo.com
Finally, if you haven't had a chance, please stop by Deb Salisbury's blog where she'll be tackling the "In my writing, I always/never_____" question for our Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog series this month.
If you missed it, check out Laura's post, my post, and Sarah's post from last week!