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Apr 26 2013

Any bionerds getting engaged/married?

Nothing says “I’d like to mingle our genetic material” like a DNA ring.

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  1. 1
    doublereed

    Holy crap that’s awesome

  2. 2
    Randomfactor

    Apparently available in gold or platinum too for the big spenders.

  3. 3
    ChasCPeterson

    no true bionerd would accept this rendition.
    Major & minor grooves, please.

  4. 4
    Chris Clarke

    How much of it is junk DNA?

  5. 5
    Pyra

    If I had extra money, I’d get it for myself.

  6. 6
    Draken

    And if you get divorced, you just add helicase.

  7. 7
    carlie

    There is also someone who sells wedding rings with the soundwaves of your beloved saying “I do” on it, or anything else you’d want them to say.

  8. 8
    Louis

    Love it, although I have to agree with Chas. It needs Proper Detail.

    Louis

  9. 9
    michaelbusch

    Not bad. But being astronomers, my wife and I went with nickel-iron meteorite.

  10. 10
    PZ Myers

    These are custom made, so I wonder if you sent the creator a set of precise specs, you’d get a more accurate molecule back?

  11. 11
    bargearse

    My fiancee has been trying to find me the perfect wedding ring for about four months, I’m so leaving this open for her to find.

  12. 12
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Want! Not as a wedding ring, just ‘coz.

  13. 13
    Randomfactor

    Danger…like my own wedding ring, this one’s not resizeable. Gain weight and you outgrow your own genome.

  14. 14
    Louis

    But PZ, if we did that we couldn’t be all superior and pedantic and science nerdy.

    Which is clearly half the fun.

    Louis

  15. 15
    magistramarla

    I’m just nerdy enough that I love this, but it’s almost 37 years too late.
    I wish that I had known about this a few months ago, when my daughter got married.
    They are both Cal Tech grads.
    Has anyone here seen the “gene pool” at Cal Tech?
    It’s a really nice reflecting pool on campus, with a mosaic of DNA strands in the bottom.

  16. 16
    evilDoug

    It is very inexpensive for a custom made piece. I’d like to know how it is made (my suspicion is that it is a lost-wax casting from a 3-D printed piece). Making a ring like that out of brazed-together pieces would require incredible skill, for which the selling price would be just plain insulting.

    From their web site:

    Update: 4-26-13 We received a massive amount of orders for this ring all the sudden so shipping times may be delayed another week or two. We will update if anything changes.

    Wonder how that happened.

  17. 17
    twas brillig (stevem)

    from the Etsy site:

    Update: 4-26-13 We received a massive amount of orders for this ring all the sudden so shipping times may be delayed another week or two. We will update if anything changes.

    Have they been ‘phyngulated’?

    Awesome ring, regardless. ;-D

  18. 18
    twas brillig (stevem)

    re me@17:

    typo, typo, typo: pharyngulated, not what I wrote there(in 17)…

  19. 19
    Eristae

    Oooh. If I was in the market for a wedding ring (I think engagement rings are an abomination, but that’s largely because I have trouble wearing rings and don’t want to add more), I would totally put this on my list.

  20. 20
    Eristae

    Two tone
    Gold

  21. 21
    Eristae

    @ChasCPeterson/3

    Oh! And here is one with major and minor grooves (completely different ring)
    Titanium DNA Ring

    (sorry for the multiple posts)

  22. 22
    buddhabuck

    @Eristae @21 That Titanium ring doesn’t look like it has major and minor grooves to me.

  23. 23
    René

    Head-tail telomere fusion? Would this be at all possible IRL? Möbius DNA?

    Questions, questions.

  24. 24
    daniellavine

    bargearse@11:

    Congrats and good luck!

  25. 25
    René

    Alice and Bob cutting their Möbius DNA in half, and then reassemble it in their offspring, I’d call that tying the knot.

  26. 26
    Lou Doench

    Thanks for reminding me that I miss my wedding ring PZ, stolen from my locker at the Y ;(

  27. 27
    vaiyt

    That’s one badass wedding ring, bionerdity or not.

  28. 28
    René

    Talking about wedding rings, my nun-auntie (“tante-nonneke”) — one of three sisters who became nuns — who worked her whole life as a nurse (obliged to give her salary to the congregation) has made me heir to her profession ring. She was 86 and ailing when we had our last conversation, about my atheism and her Encyclopedia of Mysticism*. I took that gift as a message. And it made me feel proud.
    _____________
    €100 is a bit expensive, but it is still on my wish list.

  29. 29
    René

    Well, sorry, “made me heir to.” Make that “let|made me inherit.” Late, and all that (10.30 post meridiem, botelam post mediam).

  30. 30
    Crissa

    It looks crazy to keep clean.

  31. 31
    michaelbusch

    @magistramarla :

    Both my wife and I also graduated from Caltech. Yes, there are a lot of geeks there.
    _
    Re. the Gene Pool: and the techers have made every possible variation on the “hey you, out of the gene pool” joke.

  32. 32
    Worldtraveller

    bargearse@11: Don’t be afraid to just ask.

    Seriously, I think one of the things that makes my marriage stable is that my wife doesn’t try to ‘leave hints’ or passive aggressive shit like that, she just points out what she likes. I’m smart enough to pick up on that, and even when I’m being dense, a ‘hey, I’d like one of these’ is easy enough for me to figure out….

    The ring is pretty cool, although I really like the idea of the iron nickle meteorite metal mentioned too.

  33. 33
    Le Chifforobe

    That looks cool, but this bionerd has been wearing a DNA wedding ring for nine years:

    Double Helix Wedding Ring

    Bonus nerdpoints: 1. It has major and minor grooves. Also, bird heads.

    2. I bought it from the guy who made Indiana Jones’ bullwhip.

  34. 34
    ChasCPeterson

    Head-tail telomere fusion? Would this be at all possible IRL? Möbius DNA?

    bacterial DNA is typically circular.

  35. 35
    michaelbusch

    @Le Chifforobe:

    [blockquote]2. I bought it from the guy who made Indiana Jones’ bullwhip.[/blockquote]

    You win at geek cred.

  36. 36
    michaelbusch

    And I lose at blockquoting.

  37. 37
    Acolyte of Sagan

    Crissa
    26 April 2013 at 3:45 pm

    It looks crazy to keep clean

    Vodka and a toothbrush and a final rinse in clean water.

    I wonder if they could make one with the ‘evo-fish’?

  38. 38
    Eristae

    @buddhabuck

    *peers at the ring some more*

    Aww, I think maybe you’re right and I was looking at it wrong. *sniffle*

  39. 39
    David Marjanović

    Seriously, I think one of the things that makes my marriage stable is that my wife doesn’t try to ‘leave hints’ or passive aggressive shit like that, she just points out what she likes. I’m smart enough to pick up on that, and even when I’m being dense, a ‘hey, I’d like one of these’ is easy enough for me to figure out….

    *like*

    bacterial DNA is typically circular.

    I’d even put it the other way around: DNA is typically circular; only a few viruses, a few bacteria, and Eukaryota as a whole have managed to evolve linear genomes.

  40. 40
    ChasCPeterson

    DM: yep, that’s better.

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