Periodic Table of Genetics – Possible?
This idea came up while creating reading aid on Periodic table and how best to teach it to kids. The number of rows in Periodic table is 7. What it means is that there are at most 7 sibling elements that exhibit similar characteristics.
For example there are seven noble gas elements: Helium (He), Neon (Ne), Argon (Ar), Krypton (Kr), Xenon (Xe), and Radon (Rn). They are siblings and exhibit similar characteristics. From electron configuration of one element one can formulate electron configuration for the other sibling elements. Further, from existence of one element we can predict existence of its siblings even if they are not yet discovered. That is what Mendeleev, the creator of Periodic Table did. He knew some elements but not their sibling elements because they were not yet discovered. He left spaces for them in his table and three of them, gallium, scandium, and germanium, were found during his life time.
There is also a myth in India about there being potentially 7 copies of each person.
Could biologists, working on Human Genome database, explore this question: are there at most seven siblings of any particular gene? Knowing one, can we construct the sibling genes?
Could there be Periodic Table of Human Genes if the higher order (the God!) used same rules for life building blocks ( cells and their genes) as he did for non-life building blocks (elements and their atoms)?
Could rules around arrangement of electrons inside atoms and periodicity of elements be same for configurations of amino acids in genes and periodicity across genes?
Will biologists be able to discover new genes based on periodic law for siblings?
There are seven types of anxiety, so the scientific community claims. Could the number seven be related to the column height in periodic table or the group number (I,II, III,… VII)? Or could there be more types of anxiety if scientific community takes clues from d-group of periodic table?