This article first appeared in the 16 August 2010 issue of the New Statesman,


Note: The recent discovery of deep genetic homologies has brought new interest, new information, and discussion to the classical concepts of analogous and homologous structures.

(1) The structure of an organism or one of its parts.

“So that’s a lot on my plate — with some corn bread,” she says. “That’s a lot on my plate.”

“Please assist,” the inspector added. “There is infant in room.”

Dasani can detect her mother’s laugh from blocks away. Today, she returns from school lugging a plastic bag of clothes donated by a security guard at McKinney.

“Black is beautiful, black is me,” she sings under her breath as her mother trails behind.

His current research focuses on guppies in their natural habitat, and how visual signs and vision dictate their behavior.

A protein that acts as a catalyst for chemical reactions.

The second oldest of the five major epochs of the Tertiary period, from 54 to 38 mya.

Mike's infatuation with a Madonna look-alike worries Maggie.

Dasani was still an infant when Mr. Bloomberg took office in 2002. Declaring Gracie Mansion “the people’s house,” he gathered $7 million in private donations — much of it his own money — to rehabilitate the pale yellow 18th-century home, which overlooks the East River. In came new plumbing, floors, lighting and ventilation, along with exquisite touches like an 1820s chandelier and a four-poster mahogany bed.

“That’s not gonna be me,” she says. “Nuh-uh. Nope.”

If this be true of experiences encountered in the present body, how much more must it be true of experiences encountered in former bodies, which died and decayed many centuries ago. Our present body and brain have had no share in those far-off happenings; how should memory assert itself through them? Our permanent body, which remains with us throughout the cycle of reincarnation, is the spiritual body; the lower garments fall away and return to their elements ere we can become reincarnated.

The PTA head rejects the Seavers as dance chaperones.

The goal of his research is to better understand the social interactions that occur between individuals, especially cooperation and conflict.

Determined by experimentation.

Mike writes test answers on his shoe soles.

Facing that same river, six miles away on the opposite side, is the Auburn Family Residence, the squalid city-run homeless shelter where Dasani has lived for more than two years.

Maggie's assignment interferes with anniversary plans.

The science or practice of altering a population, especially of humans, by controlled breeding for desirable inherited characteristics.

Custodian Mike watches a wild party explode in his home.

“Look at that fireplace!” she marvels as her classmates step into the parlor where Mr. Bloomberg has given news conferences. The tour guide, a woman wearing gold-clasp earrings and tangerine lipstick, moves the children along, reminding them not to touch.