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DNA Screw White: The base design, a screw morphing into DNA
DNA Screw Black: A simple color inversion of previous image creates this very spiffy image
In 1964, William Sellers of the Franklin Institute proposed a new easy-to-use screw thread standardization. His efforts allowed parts to be made in bulk and swapped out when needed. The freeing up of machinists to make complex devices instead of custom screws allowed the industrial revolution to take off. In the same way, the Registry of Standard Biological Parts will allow scientists to spend less time designing and testing genes and more time constructing complex solutions. The transformation of the screw into a strand of DNA symbolizes this application of an old concept in a new revolution.
Image Sources: Screw from iStockphoto DNA from University of Arkansas