WoD – George Church, and whoa!

Just read this paragraph earlier today (skim it, trust me):

“We converted an html-coded draft of a book that included 53,426 words, 11 JPG images and 1 JavaScript program into a 5.27 megabit bitstream. We then encoded these bits onto 54,898 159nt oligonucleotides (oligos) each encoding a 96-bit data block (96nt), a 19-bit address specifying the location of the data block in the bit stream (19nt), and flanking 22nt common sequences for amplification and sequencing. The oligo library was synthesized by ink-jet printed, high-fidelity DNA microchips. To read the encoded book, we amplified the library by limited-cycle PCR and then sequenced on a single lane of an Illumina HiSeq.”

Whoa.  What the heck does ANY of that mean?  I have basically no idea.  

Well, here is the rough translation: George Church is using DNA (yes, DNA!) as a storage mechanism for data.  

Whoa!

 

Tuesday:

NOKHSHLEPPER (NOOKHshlepper)

A fawner, a toady

That new guy carrying the CEO’s luggage – what a nokhshlepper he is!

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