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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:10 PM
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"Researchers Store Data in Bacteria DNA"
FUJISAWA, Japan (AP) - These days, data get stored on disks, computer chips, hard drives and good old-fashioned paper. Scientists in Japan see something far smaller but more durable - bacteria.

The four characters that represent the genetic coding in DNA work much like digital data. Character combinations can stand for specific letters and symbols - so codes in genomes can be translated, or read, to produce music, text, video and other content.

While ink may fade and computers may crash, bacterial information lasts as long as a species stays alive - possibly a mind-boggling million years - according to Professor Masaru Tomita, who heads the team of researchers at Keio University.

Tomita's team successfully inserted into a common bacterium Albert Einstein's famous "E equals MC squared" equation and "1905," the year the Nobel Prize-winning physicist published the special theory of relativity.

http://apnews1.iwon.com/article/20070516/D8P5OK2G0.html

This reminds me of a STTNG episode, where all manner of people in the galaxy had pieces of a message inserted into their DNA and they had to come together to find out what it was.

Wonder if we have any messages in us?
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:27 PM
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1. Seriously
no one else finds this fascinating?
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