"If an inversion is like flipping a series of highway exits, then a translocation is like swapping half of New Jersey with half of Montana. And like a map with new borders, moving parts of chromosomes generates DNA sequences that are not usually next to each other – which is what genome sequencing picks up that microarrays cannot. Sometimes the new borders won't hurt anyone, but sometimes they'll disrupt something vital – both in the geographical analogy and in the genome."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.