[Poetic Engineering]: O glycolysis

Poetic impression by Bauke Steenhuisen of the dissertation ‘Reducing the genetic complexity of glycolysis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae’ by Daniel Solis Escalante, defended on March the 16th 2015 in Delft.

Don’t underestimate the might of yeast

With its fermenting glycolytic genes

Producing families of proteins

Quite as complex as those of man at least.

The story goes, some 100 million years

Ago, this organism duplicated

Its genome. An act that implicated

So we guessed, why many engineers

Are so obsessed and given many bucks

To date to crack the code and to reflect

On what might be the secret of its flux.

Despite the brains it took to disconnect

Some double genes – this should have hit the crux

We thought – surprise, we measured no effect!


Bauke Steenhuisen (universiteit docent bij de faculteit TBM) en Jeroen Manders (zanger, acteur, tekstschrijver, componist en voormalig IO student) verdichtten tussen december 2014 en maart 2017 42 keer een Delftse afstudeerscriptie of proefschrift tot een sonnet. Illustraties waren van Ella Nitters.

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