posted on Sep, 30 2011 @ 07:13 AM
Espionage just got a little more sophisticated and scientific. Invisible ink? Decoder rings? Lemon juice? Puh-lease --that's mere child's play
compared to what double agents scientists at Tufts University just created
During the Cold War, the Soviets used a psychic technique known as remote viewing. Now secret messages can be hidden in genetically engineered
bacteria, thanks to a new method called steganography by printed arrays of microbes. Developed by chemistry professor David Walt and his
cloak-and-dagger team of researchers, this new method uses an assortment of E. coli strains modified with fluorescent proteins that glow in seven
Multiply that number by the two colors each message character is encoded with, and spies like us have more than 49 possible code combinations. That's
enough for the alphabet, plus digits 0 to 9, with room left over for a few extra symbols.
The secret microbial messages are first grown in petri dishes. The cultures then are transferred to a thin film and ready to be sent to the desired
undercover recipient. To unlock the message, the recipient must transfer the bacteria to a genetically modified growth medium, which acts as the
This is absolutely fascinating on a terrifying level. Any time one plays with a dangerous bacteria there are risk....to everyone involved. But this
concept is rather confusing to me and I could use some bright minds out there to help decipher this idea.
Question is: Is this possible?
edit on 9/30/2011 by paxnatus because: (no reason given)