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originally posted by: Noinden
a reply to: ChaoticOrder
I've sequenced a few genomes in my day. The data is not the genome. The genome is the actual DNA, the sequence is the equivalent to a picture of the DNA. Using your logic here, I can take a picture of my wife, and that picture IS my wife. Clearly that is wrong.
I'm not saying computational biology is wrong, I'm saying that Information theory describes computer software, not biological systems.
"Theoretically" does not mean in actuality. Just because something is theoretically possible, it does not mean it is practically possible.
Information is not digital. It should at least be trinary to be useful.
Useful information is not digital, it should be more than binary (digital), it should be trinary. Do you understand what that means? It needs to be more than yes and no, 1 and 0, it needs a "maybe" in there.
Whjen DNA is used to create proteins, it does not sent "info" to RNA or the building blocks, it just reacts with them chemically. There is NO message, just molecules in a chemical reaction. Unlike information, DNA can change between copies, and be perfectly functional (as evidenced by you not being a clone of your parents (one assumes))
Information does not react chemically with your brain when you say read it. DNA does react chemically. Above all, there has never been a form of information we have observed which can copy its self. No book, no data file, nada.
# in balanced ternary, each digit has one of 3 values: −1, 0, or +1; these values may also be simplified to −, 0, +, respectively;
# in the redundant binary representation, each digit can have a value of −1, 0, 0/1 (the value 0/1 has two different representations);
#in the ternary numeral system, each digit is a trit (trinary digit) having a value of: 0, 1, or 2;