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Science Ink #6 – “Vaccine Tree”

One of Ian Lipkin’s fellow virologists shares her tattoo of a vaccine tree, inspired by a verse from the biblical book of Revelation: “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of nations.”

“Vaccine Tree” - Photos and Text Courtesy of “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed” by Carl Zimmer

“I’m a virologist in a biotech company in Singapore,” writes Shi-Hsia Hwa. “Here’s my story: I’ve been interested in infectious diseases since I was a kid because my father almost died of TB when he was an infant, and his secretary was an older man with a pronounced limp from polio. I must have been the only kid who looked forward to mass vaccination days in school.”

Check out more tattoos in “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed” by Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer

    Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.” His website is