Poems of the Week

The Observer Effect

by Simon MacCulloch

“A University of Aberdeen team found a section of DNA which ‘switches’ on key genes
in parts of the brain that affect anxiety levels in mice. They found removal of the ‘switch’
increased anxiety in the animals.”
PA Media

If I had woken up today
To find they’d swiped some DNA
I too, I think, would likely see
An increase in anxiety.