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posted by mrpg on Friday December 21 2018, @11:33AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the florida-man,-zat-you? dept.

High School Student Injects The Book Of Genesis Into His Body

A student has injected himself with the Book of Genesis and the surah Ar-Ra'd (part of the Qur'an) because he "wondered whether it would be possible".

Adrien Locatelli, a high school student in Grenoble, France, decided to inject himself with several religious texts.

"Recent studies have reported that it is possible to convert any type of information into DNA for the purpose of storage," he wrote, publishing his initial results on the Open Science Framework.

"Since it is possible to convert digital information into DNA, I wondered whether it would be possible to convert a religious text into DNA and to inject it in a living being."

Seems like a good origin story for a religious superhero.

Related: Man Who Attempted DIY Gene Therapy Found Dead
Biohacker With Implanted Card Escapes Conviction


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Man Who Attempted DIY Gene Therapy Found Dead 42 comments

Aaron Traywick, a biohacker who once injected himself with an untested herpes therapy on a crusade to expand access to medications, was found dead on Sunday morning in Washington, DC, police confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Traywick, 28, was found in a spa in Northwest DC, according to police. Staff discovered him in a sensory deprivation flotation tank, according to his colleague Tristan Roberts.

His body was taken for an autopsy, and his cause of death was not immediately known. Their investigation is still ongoing, but the police say they don't suspect foul play.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/aaron-traywick-biohacker-died

Also at Newsweek and the BBC.

Previously: "Biohacker" Injects DIY Herpes Vaccine in Front of Audience and Facebook Live (Aaron Traywick)
Biohacker Regrets Injecting Himself With Gene Therapy in Front of a Live Audience (Josiah Zayner reacting to Aaron Traywick)


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Biohacker With Implanted Card Escapes Conviction 28 comments

Australian Broadcast Corporation follows-up on a 3 months old story:

Biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow who was fined for implanting an Opal Card chip into his hand has had his conviction overturned. [...] Mr Meow-Meow appealed against the conviction in the District Court and today it was quashed. District court judge Dina Yehia took into account his good character, while describing the case as "highly unusual ... involving a unique set of circumstances."

[...] She said that, while there were legal issues of general deterrence, she was of the view that the objective seriousness of the offence fell towards the lower end of the range, if not the bottom.

The previous story offers the context:

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, 33, surgically implanted an Opal Card chip into his hand last year, so that he could swipe on and off without using a card. Transport authorities charged him for using public transport without a valid ticket and for not producing a ticket to transport officers. Mr Meow-Meow pleaded guilty to both offences at Newtown Local Court. He was fined $220 for breaching the Opal Card terms of use and was ordered to pay $1,000 in legal costs.

The lawyer representing Mr Meow Meow argued that transport legislation had advanced to include methods of contactless payment through MasterCard and some smart phones. He said that the law should adapt to all available technologies including implantable tech. But Magistrate Michael Quinn said, while the legislation may catch up with technology in the future, the law of the day must be followed.

Outside court, Mr Meow Meow said he was disappointed both offences were not dismissed and that he was ordered to pay legal costs. Despite the decision, Mr Meow Meow said he would continue to experiment with implanted technology. He said he was planning to push the boundary even further, replacing his Opal chip with one that will hold all of his personal information, including credit cards and memberships.

Why wait until the govt chips you when you can use your freedom and DIY? (large grin)


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Microsoft Stores 5 Bytes in DNA 27 comments

Microsoft device stores digital info as DNA

Microsoft is on its way to replacing data centers with DNA. The company and researchers from the University of Washington have successfully automated the process to translate digital information into DNA and back to bits. They now have the first, full end-to-end automated DNA storage device. And while there's room for improvement, Microsoft hopes this proof-of-concept will advance DNA storage technology.

In its first run, the $10,000 prototype converted "HELLO" into DNA. The device first encoded the bits (1's and 0's) into DNA sequences (A's, C's, T's, G's). It then synthesized the DNA and stored it as a liquid. Next, the stored DNA was read by a DNA sequencer. Finally, the decoding software translated the sequences back into bits. The 5-byte message took 21 hours to convert back and forth, but the researchers have already identified a way to reduce the time required by 10 to 12 hours. They've also suggested ways to reduce the cost by several thousand dollars.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @12:13PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @12:13PM (#777169)

    to me it sounds much more like a good way to get cancer.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @01:10PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @01:10PM (#777175)

      Religious clown kills himself. News at 11.

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday December 21 2018, @07:10PM

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday December 21 2018, @07:10PM (#777280) Journal

        Religious clown kills himself. News at 11.

        I don't think that's newsworthy enough for the 11 o'clock spot.

    • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Friday December 21 2018, @05:24PM

      by ikanreed (3164) on Friday December 21 2018, @05:24PM (#777256) Journal

      If DNA in the bloodstream modified your genome, they wouldn't have needed the CRISPR revolution.

      A more likely outcome in my estimation is it becomes a plaque and causes a heart attack.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @12:37PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @12:37PM (#777170)

    their people remember the books. Now, people are the books.

    Now if the DNA gets wrapped up in a bacteria or virus, then penicillin and other drugs of the type, would be killing the "word or GOD". Oh the religious wars to flow. Doctors would no long be accused of being "GOD", but now are directly being "Satan" directly opposed to the "wprd pf GOD".

    Oh the mess we make. Also read how tech will end the world: "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by SomeGuy on Friday December 21 2018, @12:40PM

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Friday December 21 2018, @12:40PM (#777171)

    Seems like a good origin story for a religious superhero.

    Look! Up in the sky! It a turd! It's a pain! What, it's not even an imaginary sky fairy? No! It's Stuporman!

    Yes, it Stuporman, spreading moronity and ignorance throughout the planet! Injected in a mad anti-science experiment, his veins pulse with 100% pure ballox. Superpowers include the ability to shoot shit from his mouth at fatal speeds, makes people believe whatever he want by waiving an old book, and can grow extra penises instantaneously! He uses these powers to prevent scientific advancement, which is always evil, by ripping out people's brains and raping children. His only weakness is common sense, a very rare substance from his home world.

    Stuporman is joined in his quest by his sidekick Ultra-Consumertard man, who during the day is a mild mannered cell phone salesman, but at night shines blindingly with the power of over a million implanted blue LEDs! He doesn't really... uh.. have any superpower other than blinding people, but, you know, blue LEDs are cool, so idiots like him, and it makes Stuporman look really cool.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday December 21 2018, @01:00PM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 21 2018, @01:00PM (#777173) Homepage Journal

    This really sounds like the crap that druggies do. "Look, Ma, I have no idea what this shit will do to my system, but I'm going to inject it to see!" Yeah, sure, maybe, just maybe, if he were to inject "The Word of God" into his system, maybe it would do something. But, how does he know he's reading the right code? Given that he's using the "Language of God", why does he presume that God will be pleased, or even tolerant?

    "Archangel Michael, that fucking mortal is trying to become like me. Grab his ass, and take him straight to hell. No, don't kill him first. Take him straight to the lake of fire, and throw him in!"

    Alright, suppose that he is using the correct language. Suppose that God doesn't freak on his ass. What about errors? The entire Bible? He doesn't make one single error? What if, instead of angel wings, he sprouts condor wings, that sprout out of his ass?

    Just retarded. As I say, equally retarded with the drug addled fools who try injecting Drano to get high.

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  • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Friday December 21 2018, @01:00PM (1 child)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 21 2018, @01:00PM (#777174) Journal

    His immune system quickly spotted the foreign DNA and destroyed it. The End.

    If he wanted attention, he got that. There doesn't seem anything to discover from this stunt. As to his choice of information, it seems calculated for maximum attention. Wanted religious and scientific people to notice.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @01:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @01:11PM (#777176)

    sounds like a silver bullet for all things ...err... exorcism.
    "dude's got vampire HIV"

  • (Score: 2) by MrGuy on Friday December 21 2018, @01:17PM (2 children)

    by MrGuy (1007) on Friday December 21 2018, @01:17PM (#777178)

    Forget about what you think of his plan for a moment.

    We’re so good at synthesizing DNA now that the ability to synthesize an arbitrary strand of DNA tens of thousands of base pairs long? And this technology is sufficiently available that it’s available to high school students?

    Let’s ballpark the length of the sequence. I’m using English as my reference language, because that’s easiest for me, but should be roughly on par with other languages. The book of Genesis is about 37,000 words long according to this site. [soylentnews.org] Let’s guess the average word is just over 4 characters long, which typical in English, and means about 150,000 characters. According to this XKCD [soylentnews.org], English contains about 1 bit of information per letter, so we have 150,000 bits of information. DNA has 4 possible bases per location, so 2 bits. This means the DNA strand is 75,000 bases long. Not long in an absolute sense for DNA, but I remain surprised that it’s it’s something that’s no big deal to create from scratch. And that’s just for Genesis - he also has the Quran book in there.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday December 21 2018, @01:36PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 21 2018, @01:36PM (#777185) Journal
      Don't forget that it's easier to say you did something, than to actually do it.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @03:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @03:05PM (#777212)

      he also has the Quran book in there

      He was trying to change his alignment to evil?

  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Friday December 21 2018, @02:12PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 21 2018, @02:12PM (#777196) Journal

    He should have used the Bhagavad Gita so he could grow extra arms. Way better than a Third Hand.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Friday December 21 2018, @02:24PM (2 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Friday December 21 2018, @02:24PM (#777199)

    Seriously, fuck the waste of time and resources that is religion. Can't these people do something useful with their bio-engineering talents, such as curing diseases?

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday December 21 2018, @02:45PM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Friday December 21 2018, @02:45PM (#777203) Journal

      The kid mixed "sequences" taken from multiple "holy books". It's less religious and more of a stunt.

      As for curing diseases, that's orders of magnitude harder than injecting yourself with random DNA.

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      • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Friday December 21 2018, @05:24PM

        by HiThere (866) on Friday December 21 2018, @05:24PM (#777254) Journal

        Stunt, yes. Injecting DNA won't do anything, including survive the immune system. The body would quickly eat it. Even RNA would be more stable. You need to at least wrap it in a protein coat, tastefully decorated with appropriate sugars to deflect attention. And if he could create the DNA (dubious) he would certainly know that.

        What it *might* do is incite a tremendous allergic response. But it doesn't seem to have.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Friday December 21 2018, @03:22PM (2 children)

    by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Friday December 21 2018, @03:22PM (#777214) Journal

    If you can't locate and extract the message back out again and then reassemble it back into the coherent text then you haven't really done anything. Source, Message, and Encoding are only half of the chain of communication. Using this logic, I can pick up a Kleenex tissue, speak a message into it while moving it past my lips, and say that my sound waves unquestionably "encoded" the message into the fabric of the Kleenex. Actually preserving that content and someone else grabbing that Kleenex and reading my message back out of it isn't my problem, right?

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DeathMonkey on Friday December 21 2018, @07:12PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday December 21 2018, @07:12PM (#777283) Journal

      Kleenex maybe not the best metaphor in a thread bout DNA.

    • (Score: 2) by Murdoc on Saturday December 22 2018, @03:23PM

      by Murdoc (2518) on Saturday December 22 2018, @03:23PM (#777545) Homepage

      On top of that, one of the first things he did was to take out all the spaces and punctuation so that only letters were "translated" into DNA, so it was pretty much useless information to start with.

      What I want to know is where the heck he got the equipment to do this crap? They're giving high school students DNA making equipment these days??

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @03:42PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @03:42PM (#777220)

    Putting aside my incredulity that a high schooler has access to specially encoded DNA, why did this twit inject it and not just swallow it?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @09:35PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @09:35PM (#777323)

      Acid denatures proteins, the DNA would be near instantly garbled in the stomach. Injection keeps it intact until the immune system destroys it.

      Still seems like a pretty reckless thing to do.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 22 2018, @11:05AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 22 2018, @11:05AM (#777497)

        I don't think this person has logic as a base processing ability anymore

  • (Score: 2) by CZB on Friday December 21 2018, @04:43PM (1 child)

    by CZB (6457) on Friday December 21 2018, @04:43PM (#777242)

    Which subculture would think this is a good idea? It offends anyone concerned with health and safty, the devoutly religious, anyone committed to science, and anyone with a grasp of logic - the human body doesn't process textual information on a cellular level. That's what language is for.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @05:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21 2018, @05:57PM (#777259)

      Which subculture would think this is a good idea?

      To risk stating the obvious: idiot attention seeking highschoolers. Apparently.

  • (Score: 2) by dw861 on Monday December 24 2018, @05:52AM

    by dw861 (1561) on Monday December 24 2018, @05:52AM (#778040) Journal

    Reminds me of the poetry by Canadian Christian Bok, in which he encoded a sequence of DNA for subsequent implantation into the genome of a bacterium. This, would then make the bacterium itself respond with some glowing poetry of its own.

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2011/04/the-xenotext-works [poetryfoundation.org]

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