Someone Powerful lectures Toothpick about biomimicry then rips his shirt to flash his necklace—replica of a molecular model that Caltech’s Max Delbrück sent to Stockholm when biophysicist George Beadle got a Nobel Prize back in 1958. “It’s a riddle,” Someone Powerful says, “you know, life’s DNA coded joke.” Toothpick is not listening. Did you, dear reader, think she could?

A Logogram for VINUS [wine] or VITUS [wine grape]