Chapter 3: C and C Squared: Integers
As my brother and I trudged down the hallway we had nothing to do. The only reason why we were still in this school is the counselor said we need to make friends. How boring, people don’t need friends.
In fact when I was 9 wandered away from fathers office at the University and ended up wandering in to a genetics class. They were talking about cloning.
The professor said, “An identical twin is a clone; so too, are bacteria living in the same colony. The term ‘clone’ has also been adopted by computer technology to describe a device that mimics an actual one to enable certain software programs to run correctly.”
As the professor ended this sentence, I stood in shock as my father took me away back home.
As I got home, I began working in my room with tubes and vials, by the nights end I had cloned my first colony of bacteria. By 8 AM the next morning I had cloned myself by using my DNA.
Cloning is frowned upon, in fact one of my favorite physicists Glenn Seaborg said, “People must understand that science is inherently neither a potential for good nor evil. It is a potential to be harnessed by man to do his bidding.”
What horse-radish I had determined. My teacher made fun of me in front of class, because I didn't know my multiplication facts, now I cloned myself so I never had to multiply anything ever again. MUAH-HA-HA-HA. That is my evil scientist laugh, it still needs work.
Cloning myself was elementary, it was the same as adding and subtracting integers. When you add and subtract integers on a number line you use the number line to move a particular number of spaces either to the left or right.
When you move to the right, you are adding a positive integer.
When you move to the left, you add a negative number.
Of course the number line is a metaphor for DNA, and the integers are the particular space on your DNA sequence. When you add or subtract you must change your DNA sequence.
My parents finally found out the next day when they woke up. He became my identical twin and it seems that sometimes we can read each other’s mind. I decided to name him C Squared after myself and he has come in good use, but now we argue furiously and get in to fights often. It seems I might have to make another clone.