Harvard Geneticist Encodes Book in DNA

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

There are 70 billion copies of Harvard Medical School Genetics professor George Church’s book, "Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves in DNA." But very few people have read it. What gives?

The explanation lies in the fact that the 70 billion copies weren’t published on paper with ink. Instead, they’ve been encoded onto deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, in what can only be called a major breakthrough in DNA data storage.


George Church

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Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Almost as many copies as Dr. Charles Eliot's Harvard Classics 'Five Feet of Books'

Aug. 21 2012 03:47 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Eventually we will all be walking libraries and we will all be encoded with every book and all knowledge so that even the last man standing has the ability to explain to other Alien forms what we did and didn't do right on this planet.

Aug. 21 2012 09:08 AM

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