Craig's DNA

Craig's DNA

A song for the DNA 50th anniversary celebration

WORDS: Marc Abrahams
MUSIC: "Quando me'n vo" (Musetta's Waltz) from Puccini's 'La Boheme'

(This song had its premiere on April 14, 2003, in Washington, D.C., as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule. Soprano Margot Button was accompanied by pianist Greg Neil. The audience consisted of many of the researchers who played major roles in the Human Genome Project. That same week it was announced that the sequencing of the human genome had been substantially completed.)

Craig's DNA
Was an object of mystery.
Then it went down in history.
Craig's resumé
Says he took all his DNA
And somehow found a way
To make it pay.

Craig fought through critics, also through complexity.
Some people say he used a shotgun. (Well,...)
Investors loved that Craig was using so much flash --
They gave oh, so much cash!

Craig mapped his genome -- oh, but not from vanity.
He did it for humanity.
And his mate,
Claire Fraser,
Got a great

Yes, Claire loved Craig.
Seeing him sequence mice and men,
She did anthrax, that nice pathogen.
And when some rivals went into hock,
Craig and Claire did not.
No-o-o-o-o-o! They took stock.


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