There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand, hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean. There is something like an ancient wisdom, encoded and tucked away in our DNA, that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmon knows its creek. Intellectually, we may not want to return there, but the genes know, and long for their origins—their home in the salty depths. But if the seas are our immediate source, the penultimate source is certainly the heavens… The spectacular truth is—and this is something that your DNA has known all along—the very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on—were initially forged in long-dead stars. This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards. We are star stuff. Keep looking up.
—  Jerry Waxman

Here’s a clearer version of my ADHD info graphic
Happy ADHD awareness month everyone!!


Hello there anon! Welcome to the shifter madness, we are glad that you are enjoying it! (>‿◠)✌
We thought that the animal form is something that they inherit, like a gene, and like the eye color can be passed down from generation to generation. One can inherit its animal form from its parents or its grandparents, even if it’s less probable. We already kind of explained it [here] but we made a family tree for Pharah to explain it even better! ✍(◔◡◔)

Pharah has cougar’s genes on her mother side and Jackal’s genes on her father side. But she ended up being a peregrine falcon due to the fact that her grandfather is a peregrine falcon itself, so she inherited his genes from him. Ana, instead, got his animal form directly from her mother (like it happens most of the time, the animal form is inherited by the parents)

Genji and Hanzo, for example, inherit their animal forms directly from their parents. Hanzo from his father, Genji from his mother.

For the same reasons, the Torbjorn triplets are all different animals. Two got their form from their parents and the third from his grandmother ✿

Zebrafish - Biomedical Sciences Best Asset?

The zebrafish (danio rerio) have been a big name in the world of biomedical research for around 15 years now. The University of Queensland was one of the first places to begin studying the strange stream dwellers - and the use of their labs has only risen.

You see, the benefits of these fish - which at first glance seem somewhat unimpressive - is that their embryos are both transparent and grown outside of the body.

This means that scientists can manipulate their genes in such a way that they can model human diseases and observe the changes in these animals.

Cool, right?

(Photo: Janelia Research Institute, Ashton, VA)

In DNA class today we were studying genes, and I did a punnet square based on Sonic’s family (Underground) and predicted through the method I was taught his Father’s fur color, then did the same for any children by Sonic with Amy and concluded thus-

All of Sonic and Amy’s kids would likely follow the ‘blue’ color wheel, with most of them coming out purple, IF Blue is truly a dominant trait, which I think it is.

here’s how I did it.

Mother - purple- Br.

B = Blue - dominant

r = Red - recessive

Punnet square shows B r - BB(sonic), rr(Sonia), Br (other two children.) (I would assume Manic is a hererozygous due to maybe a gene that skipped a generation or far back in the gene pool. For this, it would be more complicated, and so I ruled him as Br for now. Since you need Blue and Yellow to make him, it’s still a combination of Dominant Blue gene. Much like Purple.)

According to this, the father HAD TO BE Br as well. Making him most likely a color on the blue color spectrum as well.

Blue color wheel -  Blue mixed with red makes purple, blue mixed withyellow makes green and yellow mixed with red makes orange. Purple, green and orange are considered secondary colors because they are created by mixing only two primary colors.

Red color wheel -  red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green and blue-violet

According to this data, we can deduce Sonic to be BB, homozygous Blue.

In conclusion, since red is recessive, we can deduce Amy to be a light pigment of red, deducing her to be rr.

punnet square BB and rr make Br’s all around, which would give Sonic and Amy’s children a possibility of being cyan, green, magenta, and violet.

This is just a rough estimate, but look at your fan kids and see if this matches XD

Silver wouldn’t be a direct descendant of Sonic or Amy either, one of Amy’s children would have to marry lighter and lighter to get him, ironically enough, lol!

(btw, since Amy is pink, she could be incomplete dominance by a Red and White colored parents, meaning she could be Rw and therefore, Silver a possibility, but in hindsight, it would take another ‘w’ allele in order for that to work, and that may take a few generations to express.)

Isn’t this interesting? Science side! Help me out here!

(PART 2 - x)

My most recently completed project for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and one of my last projects!
An opening spread for a Living Bird article on avian genomics, and how studying avian genomes sometimes makes figuring out species relationships less clear, despite having more information! Can you name all the warblers depicted?