I was born with a disease called cystic fibrosis (CF), the number one genetic killer of children in the United States. The most serious complication of the disease, which affects about 70,000 people worldwide, is the vicious cycle of chronic infection, inflammation and scarring in the lungs caused by defective chloride ion channels in the cell membrane.
Metaphorically speaking, the planet is diseased too. But while I can stand up and talk about my experience, the environment speaks to us in a language that is often incomprehensible to those who don’t study science. It speaks in a set of symptoms, signs that grow louder and clearer by the year.
In Biome, you’ll hear two stories that may not seem to have anything to do with each other. But be patient. I’ll walk you through a story of DNA and destruction, of colonization and conservation, of the body and the biome.
This piece was produced as part of The Senior Reflection in Biology. Music used:
The Album Leaf – Blank Pages, A Day in the Life, Perro, Summer Fog, Shine
The American Dollar – Anything You Synthesize
This Will Destroy You – I Believe in Your Victory
Maneli Jamal – Us Against them
Antoine Dufour & Tommy Gauthier – Solitude
Josh Woodward – Together On Our Own