Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015575, Thu, 11 Oct 2007 13:36:38 -0400

[SIGHTINGS]: an ADA gene
All ADA-philes probably should be informed about the existence of an
important human gene called ADA.

The gene "encodes adenosine deaminase, an enzyme that catalyzes the
irreversible deamination of adenosine and deoxyadenosine in the purine
catabolic pathway".

This enigmatic phrase means a very serious genetic disease if a gene is
defective (SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency).

The phrase somehow has a vivid visual and acoustic strength, with its
sculptural DEA - SINE [pronounced "ZEEN"] - ZY - YZE - DEOXY -, leading
by the end to an expanded "pure Cathay". Probably an illusion, often
found in technical languages, understood only by those who practice a
certain trade.

More (very technical) information is at:

Victor Fet

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