For years, Professor Morte, host of the Silver Scream Spookshow, has been secretly collecting, sequencing and analyzing the DNA from some of the most celebrated rock musicians of our time. While he won’t divulge his subjects in fear of prosecution, burglaries have been reported at the homes of Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, and Alice Cooper. The only items reported missing have been hair brushes.

Morte now claims to have taken a common sequence of rock star DNA and inserted it into stem cells derived from tissue samples taken from immunologist Jennifer Leavey, organic chemist Michael Evans, amphibian ecologist Joe Mendelson and biologist Ben Prosser, all  Georgia Tech faculty or alumni. Using a mysterious accelerated aging protocol, adult specimens have grown from the stem cells and have formed the world’s first genetically engineered rock band, Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers. When allowed to leave their top-secret sterile test facility, band members Leucine Zipper (guitar, vox), Gringo Perdido (guitar), X.O. Therm (bass) and  Sonic Hedgehog (drums) plan to play live, loud, science punk rock.

Introducing the band….

On lead vocals:

photo-1Leucine Zipper
genetically modified clone ofJennifer LeaveyDr. Jennifer Leavey

On guitar:

GPGringo Perdido
genetically modified clone ofJoe-Mendelson-400wideDr. Joe Mendelson

On bass:

photo-2X.O. Therm
genetically modified clone of
Mike Evans_0Dr. Michael Evans

On drums:

sonic color correctedSonic Hedgehog

genetically modified clone of Ben Prosser.

Zinc Finger Guest Stars and Alumni:

On congas:

wormholeWorm Hole

genetically modified clone of


Dr. Paul Goldbart

On drums:

photo-4Cal Modulin

genetically modified clone of
Reddi_HeadshotDr. Amit Reddi

On flute:

Capsid ViciousCapsid Vicious

genetically modified clone of
MG FinnDr. M.G. Finn