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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: 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??