A Scientist’s Mother’s Day

A Scientist’s Mother’s Day

To make one me you just add

Half of mom and half of dad

That is what I once believed

But I know now that I was wrong

I got so much more from you mom

♥ Stanford graduate student Adam Cole was taking a class in behavioral human biology when he was inspired to pen these whimsical, biologically explicit verses. To his surprise, the song became a hit! He explains that mitochondrial DNA is inherited exclusively from mom, also X has over a thousand genes, Y has less than 92 so that:

Just like two strands of DNA are spirally entwined

Your nature and your nurture are inspiringly combined

Scientists remind me and I find that it is true

Slightly more than half of everything I am is thanks to you

Making a cameo appearance in the video, the bushy-bearded man is Stanford biology professor Robert Sapolsky, PhD. 

Cole is quick to reassure dad: ““He knows that my love for him is not proportional to the biological effect he had on my genetics and development.”

Roses are Red, Blood Cells Blue: For last year’s Mother’s Day post, see http://goo.gl/ptEPLD

#ScienceSunday   #happymothersday  

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31 Responses to A Scientist’s Mother’s Day


  1. Great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Panah Rad says:


    🙂 Happy Mother’s Day Rajini Rao 🙂


  3. It’s wonderful song (although now I’m thinking about unpaid rent). Thanks!

  4. Samia Elsaid says:


    Beautiful post …happy Mother’s Day to you …ours is 21st of March …

  5. Rajini Rao says:


    Thanks, everyone! I’ve shared this song before, but there may be some who have not heard it..such a nerdy gem 🙂 


  6. Hadn’t heard this before! It’s a gem, indeed!


  7. First time I see this one, thanks for sharing. Happy Mother’s day, dear. Rajini Rao

  8. Jesse H says:


    Happy mothers day my dear Rajini. I hope you make the best of it.

  9. Rajini Rao says:


    I will make the most of it, today (and everyday) 😀

  10. Jesse H says:


    Excellent !!! Only way to be Rajini

  11. Chad Haney says:


    I loved his beer song for St. Patrick’s day.

  12. Rajini Rao says:


    Chad Haney I love that too! I wish he had more songs 🙂


  13. Oh, this is cool! Resharing. Thanks for the additional enlightenment, and happy Mother’s Day Rajini Rao.

  14. Rajini Rao says:


    Hope it made you smile, and thanks Michael Verona!


  15. It did, and I needed the boost, Rajini Rao. 🙂

  16. Tom Lee says:


    White men can’t jump, bio-nerds can’t sing ? Wrong !


    Enlightening ! And he can sing too (better than me ) Rajini Rao 🙂 Happy mother’s day.

  17. Rajini Rao says:


    Haha, and thank you. All the same, it may be wiser that we scientists have day jobs Tom Lee 🙂

  18. Jens-D Doll says:


    wonderful, thanks

  19. Amanda Meyer says:


    Thank you for reminding me of this one – I sent the link off to my mom right away!

  20. Rajini Rao says:


    Amanda Meyer , love that you sent this to mom 🙂

  21. Mary T says:


    Delightful!  I’m smiling :-).  Happy Mother’s Day Rajini Rao ~ I hope you have had wonderful day!

  22. Rajini Rao says:


    Mara Rose it’s been a beautiful Sunday here, and I’ve had a great day, thank you! Here’s wishing you a good week ahead 🙂

  23. Mary T says:


    Thanks Rajini Rao ~ It’s beautiful here as well, and I think sunshine has finally arrived for us :-).

  24. Sangi Malk says:


    that is awesome!!! 


  25. Harrumph I look forward to Mr. Cole’s song on Father’s Day.


  26. This song made my day. Truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing… 🙂


  27. Thanks for sharing, friend!! I loved it!!!

  28. Hui Yuan says:


    Time flies,Mother’s Day

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