Anne Osbourn 22 July 2006

Photons are dispensable.

The requirement for light -
reflected, scattered, refracted -
can be short-circuited.
Electrical stimuli
can make the brain see,
even in the dark;

images that are not from the real world.

Related information

© Anne Osbourn 2006. This is one of the pieces of poetry from an upcoming collection entitled Looking Up.

Read more pieces from Looking Up published on LabLit here.

Professor Anne Osbourn leads a research team at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, studying the molecular basis of plant disease and defense. You can read more about her research here.

She was also awarded a NESTA fellowship to engage children with science via poetry.