Poems On the Underground is an annual project that has been a part of London life since the mid 1980s. It is also one with which I have a personal connection—my father used to work for The British Council which cosponsors the project (1). Every year a selection of poems authored by literary greats such as William Blake, William Wordsworth and Wendy Cope are carefully selected for publication on London Underground trains (1). For many a rush-hour traveler, these short poetic nuggets will inevitably engage the mind perhaps temporarily drawing it away from the monotony of a working day.
The world of bioscience has recently latched onto a similar craving for all things poetic and creative writing-related. Sponsored by UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The Human Genre Project is the name chosen for a new initiative that aims to tap into the writing abilities of the public at large with a specific focus on genes and genomics (2,3). Continue reading “Genomics, Cellomics and…Poetryomics?”