As I mentioned in my previous post, a good friend of mine requested a DNA bracelet for Christmas. I wove one for her in a peaches-and-cream color palette:
gene regulation necklace, and in this style, 43 base pairs of beaded DNA are needed to reach the length of a bracelet. The bracelet itself is about 7 1/2 inches long, and finished with a simple silver S-clasp.
human monoamine oxidase A gene, and some versions of this gene are thought to be a factor in several psychiatric disorders. It's an especially great conversation-starter piece for my friend, who's a school psychologist. The protein encoded by this gene is involved in the breakdown of the "happy" brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine, so it's become a key target of antidepressant medications. Interestingly, one study has reported that women with a low-expression version of this gene are happier than other women. However, individuals with a dysfunctional version of this gene have a very rare genetic disorder called Brunner syndrome, which causes several psychological problems. The gene itself is over 90,000 base pairs long, so this bracelet covers only a very small portion of the start of its coding sequence.