Lysis

When a tissue
is pulled asunder, tossed in
chaotrophic chemicals
Boiling in buffer,
Water once nurturing,
now neutralizing
peeling away its layers
lipids dripping
carbohydrates crackling,
Its is
Compound carnage.
Its DNA is isolated
Chromosomes unwind
Plasmids pierced
Segregated
severed
genomic level
Genocide
Proteins are pulled apart
Macro and micro
Peptides in chains
Smothered in SDS
Forced into lanes
For Membranes to capture
Antibodies to recognize
Their forms stilled
For final identification
Destruction
in denaturation
In lysis,
Listen,
the cells
are
shrieking

 

Kate Gillespie is a mojo-making biotech gal. She sees the poetry in science and sounds and takes the abstract to an analytical level. Recently of Baltimore and now in upstate New York, she looks to communicate creative science.

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