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What is the Apple iOS 12.1 blue and purple twist emoji?

Tom Duggins October 3, 2018

CREDIT: APPLE

Apple have brought 70 new emojis into the world as part of their iOS 12.1 update.

Which is good news for those of us who find it hard – or at least, less fun – to express ourselves without a few carefully chosen emojis.

The new additions to Apple’s emoji list includes some inspired choices. Who doesn’t want the choice of a peacock and badger in their list of possible animal icons? And it’s hard to believe it’s taken this long before a ‘drunk’ emoji was introduced into the world.

But not every icon in the new update is immediately obvious on first viewing. The twisted looking blue and purple symbol, for instance, is more than a little bit tough to work out.

What is the Apple iOS 12.1 blue and purple twist emoji?

CREDIT: APPLE

What looks like a twisting formation of purple and turquoise ribbon is there to represent the DNA double helix structure. Much like the Petri dish and test tube icons, this seems like a bid to satisfy the many scientists in the world who perhaps felt there weren’t enough emojis specific to their discipline.

Since computers – and by extension, smart phones – wouldn’t exist without the progress of science itself, this seems fair enough.

what Is the DNA Double helix?

DNA itself was known to biochemists from as early as the 19th Century onwards, but its exact structure was a relative mystery for scientists until the pioneering work of James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.

At the beginning of the 1950s, several teams of research scientists attempted to define the actual structure of DNA. The chemical make-up of DNA was familiar at this stage, but Crick and Watson were pioneers in deciding upon the ‘double helix’ as the best explanation of how the different strands of nucleotides joined together.

Their discovery was announced to the world on the  February 28, 1953 at The Eagle pub in Cambridge where Crick and Watson regularly ate lunch.

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