A gentleman named Johan posted this as a comment and it was so good I felt it deserved it’s own blog post:
I couldn’t find any referral to the the Craig Venter Institute’s recent achievement.
Some atheists regard it as another blow to Christianity but in my view it is another
scientific achievement that supports Perry’s hypothesis. It proved beyond doubt that DNA is a code . It also proved that DNA is able to code for any type or form of information. It is even able to store the names of the names of the relevant researchers etc.
Here is a quote from the the best open abstract summary I could find about their achievement that is not password protected:
As in the team’s 2008 publication in which they described the successful synthesis of the M. genitalium genome, they designed and inserted into the genome what they called watermarks. These are specifically designed segments of DNA that use the “alphabet” of genes and proteins that enable the researcher to spell out words and phrases. The watermarks are an essential means to prove that the genome is synthetic and not native, and to identify the laboratory of origin.
Encoded in the watermarks is a new DNA code for writing words, sentences and numbers. In addition to the new code there is a web address to send emails to if you can successfully decode the new code, the names of 46 authors and other key contributors and three quotations:
“TO LIVE, TO ERR, TO FALL, TO TRIUMPH, TO RECREATE LIFE OUT OF LIFE.” -JAMES JOYCE
“SEE THINGS NOT AS THEY ARE, BUT AS THEY MIGHT BE.” -A quote from the book, “American Prometheus”
“WHAT I CANNOT BUILD, I CANNOT UNDERSTAND.” – RICHARD FEYNMAN
The link: http://www.jcvi.org/cms/press/press-releases/full-text/article/first-self-replicating-synthetic-bacterial-cell-constructed-by-j-craig-venter-institute-researcher/
Absolute proof of the coding abilities of DNA.
I am a Gynecologist and an amateur Java programmer. The similarities between object orientated computing and DNA is amazing.
Continue the good work,