Webcomic Kevin And Kell Discussion

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05:52:23 AM Apr 17th 2015
edited by Kilyle
You know, Lindesfarne's origin was a big deal when it was revealed, and for new readers I don't think it should be listed as part of her basic description. May not be as big as "Luke is a farmboy who doesn't realize he's Darth Vader's son" but still. "Mad-scientist-in-training" conveys a great deal about how to read her character, but her actual origin doesn't, and I think it should be deleted (from the opening description — obviously it still goes under trope examples).
04:09:16 PM Jul 24th 2013
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Not sure about this bit from Artistic Licence Biology:
  • Lindesfarne is shown a series of quills belonging to Princess Chertsey. Without even using any of her equipment, she is immediately able to tell them what the DNA looks like, "down to the last gene." It should go without saying that DNA strands are not visible to the naked eye.

It looks to me that Lindesfarne used her equipment between strips, and what she's looking at there isn't the actual quills but the DNA fingerprint. The idea she has her own DNA pattern memorised so she can instantly say they're identical is a bit of a stretch, but not that much of one for a cartoon geneticist.
04:46:06 PM Jul 24th 2013
The art is a little unclear - it looked to me like Fiona had literally just handed Lindesfarne a sheet of quills and Lindesfarne suddenly knew the genetics of it.

I mean...for starters, DNA strands don't look like the ones in the comic.
05:52:00 AM Dec 10th 2015
edited by DaibhidC
Very late in getting back to this, sorry. But a DNA fingerprint isn't a picture of DNA molecules. It's a sequence of short lines. Which - allowing for the cartoony art style - looks pretty much like what Lindesfarne's looking at.
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