Stella M. Turk MBE
Genes wrap themselves in various guises
- In different shapes, colours and sizes.
Adaptations within the basic designs
Gradually build new inheritance lines
That inhabit the waters, the air and the land
The hot springs, ice caps and burning sand.
Those living freely are invaded by parasites
- The worms, the fleas the lice the mites
That exploit their skin, feathers and scales,
Their stomachs, heads and even their tails.
Biodiversity creates still more diversity
And new ways of living arise from adversity
Stella M Turk MBE
6th January 1999
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