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Science Tattoo #9 – “Kevin Bonham” and the Tree of Life

In the latest Science Ink, an immunologist combines two powerful symbols – DNA and the tree – to create a “potent symbol of life.”

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

“The Tree Seems to be a potent symbol of life in human (at least Western) culture, and what better way to augment this symbol by putting the code for life (DNA) at its base? I got this tattoo to commemorate the beginning of my Ph.D. in immunology,” writes Kevin Bonham.

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