Marginalia, no.129

The bronze statues by the city gates show their right hands worn thin by the touch of travelers who have greeted them in passing.

~ Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

I leaned recently that forensic DNA analysis has advanced far enough for viable samples to be recovered by swabbing the wall, table or door where a hand had only briefly settled.  Science appears determined to make us all into lepers.  Now, whenever I shake someone’s hand I’ll know that I’ve given a little of myself away.

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