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DNA zip

Doubly helical fastener
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Another zip idea, inspired by an annotation on my last one. Sorry to be boring.
The unravelling of a DNA molecule is often compared to the undoing of a zip fastener. However, in reality zips consist of parallel rows of teeth. One could be constructed consisting of two helices of teeth with a slider that joins them together into a DNA-like double helix. The tapes holding the teeth could either be sown into flat fabric at intervals or one whole side of the garment could consist of a helix of fabric flattened into the rest of the garment as a sort of ruffle effect.
nineteenthly, Jun 10 2004

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       I can't picture this...
Perhaps if you could explain a bit better (or a diagram), this category could remain a bone free zone!
MikeOliver, Jun 10 2004
  

       Seems like this would be a pain in the thumb to work with.
yabba do yabba dabba, Jun 10 2004
  

       "Is the DNA zipper of your blue genes debased and opening, or are you just happy to see me?"
FarmerJohn, Jun 10 2004
  

       Personally I'm against jeanetic engineering. Ahaha!Sorry.
harderthanjesus, Jun 10 2004
  

       Jean splicing?
I think this deserves at least one + because it could possibly work, the fact that it would be a royal pain is beside the point. I think that it would be much like trying to re-coil a note pad spine, but if you have enough time on your hands have at it.
  

       Maybe it could work, maybe not, but I can't figure what you'd attach together or what sort of opening you could close with it.
half, Jun 10 2004
  

       Just as large numbers of buttons were a status symbol once because they implied that the wearer had a servant to help dress them, so this could occupy a similar niche, indicating that the wearer had a lot of time on their hands. I can't really provide a diagram because i couldn't draw it clearly.
nineteenthly, Jun 10 2004
  

       I doubt this is even remotely possible. Fishbone unless you can come up with a plausible diagram.
DrCurry, Jun 10 2004
  

       Do you mean that the two half-zips would be like two springs which would snuggle into eachother side by side? But the two strands of DNA are actually intertwined, and can't be seperated unless there's a free end (except locally, in which case the regions either side of the opened-up bit get over-twisted to compensate).
Basepair, Feb 03 2005
  

       No, i'm talking about two helical tapes with teeth. However, i think it may be impossible.
nineteenthly, Feb 05 2005
  
      
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