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posted by mrpg on Friday December 21 2018, @11:33AM   Printer-friendly
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.

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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?

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

    by takyon (881) <> 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) Subscriber Badge 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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