"Ribosomal RNA is like a rock climber
contorting to maintain contact with a
cliff face. Some of the topography can
change without affecting the operation.
But change a crucial handhold with the
transfer RNA, for example, and the sys-
tem will fall apart. Strong selection over billions of years has maintained those handhold sequences across all forms of life."
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.