Friday, 3 June 2011
Biochemist: ”The DNA molecule is arguably the most powerful medium known for data storage and processing”
The best data storage medium. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Some time ago, the journal Nature had a brief review article on a paper published in Angewandte Chemie on the use of DNA in computers. Its author Thomas Carell, who has a PhD. in biochemistry, wrote:
”The DNA molecule, which encodes the complexity of all life forms on Earth, is arguably the most powerful medium known for data storage and processing.”
In other words, DNA is by far a much more effective method of storing and processing data than the solutions computer engineers have come up with after years of meticulous product development. Unfortunately, many people still assume that this excellent system has come about through purely naturalistic processes without any intelligent design.
Ideology, it seems, can put blinkers on people who would otherwise see “wrong” things.
Carell, Thomas. 2011. DNA as a logic operator. Nature 469 (7328), 45–46.