Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Useless, yet strangely deity-like, knowledge

Over 80,000 digits of pi have been memorized. When will people start to memorize genomes ? For example, the genome of bacteriophage T7 is only 40,000 bases long, so it should be possible to memorize the complete genomic sequence of T7 [unless memorizing sequences of only 4 distinct letters is way harder than memorizing sequences of the numbers 0-9].

Useless ? You bet. But it'd be pretty cool to be able to say that you personally, if only in an exceedingly abstract sense, know everything there is to know about another living creature [assuming you'll grant that a virus is alive, something that is debatable].


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