Webcomic Kevin And Kell Discussion

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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.
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