The scope of Harvard's research was to see if DNA molecules ca be used to store a large amount of data. DNA can last for thousands of years as opposed to the average harddrive lifespan which is close to 5 years of active use. If DNA is trapped in amber then it can last for million of years.
In order to convert the digital version of the book to DNA the following process was followed:
- Researchers first took the binary code of the book.
- The resulting binary string was analysed bit by bit. A nucleobase was assigned for every bit value.
- The 5.27 million base long DNA strand was synthesized by analysing 96 bases at a time
- The synthesized DNA now contains the entire book. Its weight is one million time less than the weight of a grain of salt.
A new form of biomineralization has been studied in the pineal gland of the human brain. It consists of small crystals that are less than 20 microm in length and that are completely distinct from the often observed mulberry-type hydroxyapatite concretions. A special procedure was developed for isolation of the crystals from the organic matter in the pineal gland. Cubic, hexagonal, and cylindrical morphologies have been identified using scanning electron microscopy. The crystal edges were sharp whereas their surfaces were very rough.
B.) Maybe we should start some heavy in-depth research into what the hell exactly is all that Junk DNA is that we've been carrying around all this time?
Who knows. It may be the Encyclopedia Galactica
Originally posted by SLAYER69
I just had a bizarre idea.
This is pretty far out there...
What if Idiot savants are storing and retrieving their information Genetically totally bypassing Grey matter?