Friday, 25 April 2014

DNA Day Nail Stamping

Hey there!  Happy DNA Day!  To be honest I was a bad molecular biologist and had no idea that April 25th is DNA Day until my labmate told me about it yesterday.  I had an entirely different post planned for today but I knew I had to go home and do some DNA-themed nails...

I knew I had lots of DNA images on stamping plates (I buy pretty much every DNA plate I see) but I didn't know what colours to use as a base.  Then it struck, green, blue and black!  It might seem random but there was some reasoning involved.  These are the colours in a DNA chromatogram/electropherogram when you get DNA sequencing results and I spend a lot of my time looking at these things.  Here's a bit of my very own DNA.

Even the colours pairs were for a reason.  I'm not so into Christmas that I feel the need to pair red and green in spring.  But in sequencing, the red peaks are T's and T's pair with A's (green) in DNA's double helix so, of course, they have to go together on my nails.  Same with C's (blue) and G's (black).  

The polishes I used are A England Camelot (black), Glitter Gal Tart Yourself Up (blue), Glitter Gal She's Cactus (green) and LaCC 1945 (red).  I picked these because they're all nice and creamy and super opaque.  

For the stamping I used MoYou London Scholar -03.  This collection had a lot of issues associated with it thanks to what seemed to be bad proofreading but this DNA strand is simple and just perfect for this.  

I know this isn't the first time I've done a DNA look and I'm sure it won't be the last.  In case you didn't see it, here's my previous DNA manicure that I was so proud of.

And now I'll leave you with this cute (and educational) song all about DNA.

'Til next time...

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