Gattaca is a surprisingly smart 1997 science fiction film dealing with genetic discrimination. Learning that the sequence GATTACA occurs 697,000 times in the human genome sparked my curiosity: What is the longest contiguous (natural) sequence of GATTACAs I can find? The answer, as it turns out, is five.

GATTACA times five in Botryotinia fuckeliana.

We find five consecutive occurrences of GATTACA in Botryotinia fuckeliana, the rarely observed teleomorph (i.e., sexual form) of Botrytis cinerea, a necrotrophic fungus plaguing various plants. Were I to contemplate the wonder of the epithetical portion of the species’ binomial beginning with an epithet in the word’s alternative sense—the epithet that serves as my favoured imprecation, no less, which I invoke on every possible occasion—my head might explode with joy. (The fuckeliana epithet is derived, incidentally, from the name of the mycologist Karl Wilhelm Gottlieb Leopold Fuckel.)

Let us restrict our reverence, then, to the fact that GATTACA occurs five consecutive times within a Botryotinia fuckeliana scaffold. I take this as irrefutable proof not only of intelligent design, but also that the Designer is, like me, a huge Uma Thurman fan.

Uma Thurman in Gattaca. Isn't she lovely?