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Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by Ed Regis, George Church

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NOTES: ON ENCODING THIS BOOK INTO DNA

As I explain in greater detail below, to test DNA as a super-compact storage system, this book was encoded into DNA, and the resulting sequence was amplified until 40 billion copies of the DNA book had been produced. In what follows I discuss some of the legal, policy, biosafety, and other issues and opportunities pertaining to this process.

First, we’d like a compact, platform-independent file allowing images and robust to errors (mutations). Word processing formats are not really standard. PDF and many compression formats are brittle to small file errors. HTML is easily human readable and has an option for inline images (e.g., encoded in base-64 format).

Second, we consider unintended consequences; ethical, ...

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