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Re: orthography and pronunciation

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Thursday, April 12, 2001, 18:04
On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Padraic Brown wrote: > >On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote: > > > > >PPS Somebody suggested that the ultimate method for perserving > >information > > >is to encode it into the junk-DNA of some bacterium. As the bacterium > > >multiplies the information is multiplied, and the inevitable slow > >corruption > > >of the DNA won't mean much since you'll be able to reconstruct the > >original > > >very faithfully if you've got a decent number of bacteria to reconstruct > > >from. > > > >And the ability to extract and reconstruct the data! All the smart > >bacteria in the world won't do any good if all you've got left to > >work with are simple tools and rag-tag society. > > Hey, it wasn't my idea!
I saw that idea some years back in some humorous _Analog_ SF story. This random biologist had been looking at our junk DNA and had uncracked the code and had "invented" a stardrive and other random things. <G> YHL