I often imagine how magnificent it must have been to peer through the first set of lenses that pulled the cosmos into view. Wow, to literally have the surface of planetary objects projected on to the retina, heaven’s light inside the body. Our gaze upward naturally turned inward. Now, we also explore the cosmos within our DNA. When my identical twin and I participate in twin studies, we become a set of genetic lenses that reveal a profoundly astronomical amount of information. The universe within and beyond continues to simultaneously define themselves and each other.
I am both a genetic map read by researchers, and the mapmaker. In this piece, I trace and describe the orbits encircling my twin self.