Biohacker INJECTS himself with Bible & Koran DNA in bizarre experiment, his leg swells up
To err is human, to inject oneself with DIY DNA is divine… apparently? At least, that may have been the thinking behind one of 2018’s most sensational science experiments.
Teenager Adrien Locatelli from the French city of Grenoble translated the names of Jewish characters from the book of Genesis in the Bible and the entire 13th chapter of the Koran, the Surah Ar-Ra'd, into DNA code, all the while asking himself: “Is it even possible to do this?”
Locatelli switched every Hebrew character in the Book of Genesis with DNA code, made up of the letters “ACGT.” He did, however, exclude the certain passages he considered “controversial.”
Using an online tool, the teenage biohacker was able to translate the nucleotide (building blocks of DNA and RNA) information into protein sequences which he then injected into each of his thighs.Also on rt.com 'Work of the devil' or human augmentation? Meet biohackers who microchip themselves (VIDEOS)
The high-school student had no idea what effect injecting the unknown proteins into his body might have in what he claimed it was a one-of-a-kind experiment. He experienced no adverse side-effects apart from a swollen leg, which lasted for several days. It is unclear whether the Bible or the Koran verse proteins induced the swelling.
“Recent studies have shown that any information can be encrypted using DNA and stored in this form. I became the first living thing in which the text is stored. This is very symbolic, even if it does not bear any benefit," Locatelli said in his published research.
Locatelli was widely derided in the online scientific community, which was seemingly bemused as to his methodology and motivation for the utterly bizarre experiment.
OK, 2018 can't end soon enough. Some French high school student translated a part of the Bible and Koran into protein sequence, made an rAAV vector and a cyclic peptide, injected them into either thigh, and then published the following preprint: https://t.co/fC5CMSQk0Z— Sri Kosuri (@srikosuri) December 14, 2018
I know the odds of a nonsense protein being close to anything dangerous in sequence space are relatively low, but this kind of avant-garde attitude and disregard for ethics towards science terrifies me that humanity’s end will be at the hands of an idiot.— Ella Watkins (@Ella_Watkins_) December 15, 2018
there is no facepalm big enough for this... at least the title makes a pretty unambiguous claim...— Aaron (@aaron_mckenna) December 14, 2018
Interesting selection of texts (unclear why he excluded some parts of Genesis, choice of surah, taking about power of truth and weakness of falsehood, doesn't look random either). So guy spends at least 1000 eur on one protein and then preps 7 mg of another (at his lyceum?)?— Dmitry Baranov (@bardmital) December 15, 2018
Well that’s one way to get superpowers.— Justin Caram (@jrcaram) December 14, 2018
Biohacking is experimentation which attempts to improve the qualities or capabilities of living organisms (typically humans) through a variety of techniques including gene editing, technological implants or the use of synthesized drugs.
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