There is enough DNA in an average person’s body to stretch from the Sun to Pluto and back, 17 times.

The human genome, the genetic code in each human cell, contains 23 DNA molecules each containing from 500 thousand to 2.5 million nucleotide pairs. DNA molecules of this size are 1.7 to 8.5 cm long when uncoiled, or about 5 cm on average. There are about 37 trillion cells in the human body and if you’d uncoil all of the DNA encased in each cell and put them end to end, then these would sum to a total length of 2×1014 meters or enough for 17 Pluto roundtrips (1.2×1013 meters/Pluto roundtrip).


Signs of the sun’s power are found throughout South Asian Art; in images of the Great Goddess, Surya’s lotus blossoms, elephant headdresses, and royal standards. This More Art Monday we invite you to bask in the light of these South Asian suns.

Bharakali within the Rising Sun,” c. 1600–70, India

Surya, the Sun God,” c. 12th century, India or Bangladesh

Design for an Elephant Textile, late 16th–early 17th century, India

Sun,” 18th–19th century, India

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