Salvation for Nematodes

David Jaffe has written eloquently about the plight of nematodes [As the Worm Turns] who are afflicted with manic depression. Fortunately, medical science is making progress in bringing the benefits of psychiatry to a previously overlooked population, lengthening their lifespan and improving their quality of life.

But up until now, who has been thinking of their spiritual needs? A great leap, or crawl, forward comes from the nanotechnology experts at the Technion institute in Haifa.

Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of a grain of sugar…

“It took us about an hour to etch the 300,000 words of the Bible onto a tiny silicon surface,” Ohad Zohar, the university’s scientific adviser for educational programs, told the Associated Press… The tiny Bible appears to be the world’s smallest.

They must have intended it for nematodes, because I have trouble reading the KJV even with my glasses, never mind turning those tissue-thin pages. I hope the nematodes will eschew fundamentalism, and get into the deeper meaning. Shalom, little guys.

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