SOURCE: Based on Stress can shorten telomeres in childhood, Nature, 17 May 11, as used in the post “Stress alters kids’ chromosomes”… and Our Galaxy Is Littered with Orphan Planets, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2011, as used in the post “Orphan planets”.
ABSTRACT: Funny when one science story seems just like a metaphor for another. The idea that growing up in an orphanage can have an effect on the cellular level seems significant.
So, of course, I had to make a kind of over-the-top a capella song about it. This is one that maybe needed a little more cooking time, but it’s got astronomy and chromosomes in it. Big and small and all alone.