posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 03:46 PM
In a human it takes three billion (3,000,000,000) of those letters to represents a copy of you
So...we could store each letter in one byte....that means an entire human could be cloned with just 2.79GB of data...any one of my external
hard drives could hold all the information required to make a human...in fact, a DVD disk could...that's a lot better than trying to write it out on
books in a library with 48 feet of shelves...
So DNA is not just a molecule, DNA is a language. It is actually very comparable to English and human languages in the way that it is
I would have thought it would be closer to a programming language...you state it has error handling techniques, and that's a
crucial aspect any coder needs to keep in mind...I wonder if DNA even might use code reuse techniques such as method type operations, if that's even
possible with DNA...
One thing is for sure, DNA holds the instructions
required to form a human...therefore it must posses some sort of order and syntax, making it
a language of sorts...but not only must it hold instructions, it must hold all the raw information
which will define your "settings", so to
speak...things like appearances, hair color, metabolism rate, and the overall architecture and design of that particular human body...this would
indeed be a vast amount of information IMO, and it wouldn't posses much structure or order, because it's more like a database
rather than a set of instructions. Perhaps the vast "deserts" of junk DNA are like the information databases, and so they appear to just be an
unordered bunch of data that contains subtle hints of structure because it is still information, and it is probably stored in some sort of order.
[edit on 1/7/10 by CHA0S]