Re: [asa] writing DNA...

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Fri Sep 26 2008 - 19:15:04 EDT

Are there two different things going on here? One is encoding names in
synthetic DNA sequences like Ventner did. The other is discovering a code in
natural proteins that is the identical sequence as their names, like
Preston's team did?
We've occasionally heard the ID analogy of pouring a bowl of alphabet cereal
and finding one's name. Looks like it happened in the case of DNA?!? Now we
know that the intelligent agent responsible for DNA knew English. No
evidence of a name in Hebrew, is there? Or Akkadian?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dehler, Bernie" <>
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Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 4:56 PM
Subject: RE: [asa] writing DNA...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Preston Garrison []
> Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 12:02 PM
> To: Dehler, Bernie; ASA list
> Subject: Re: [asa] writing DNA...
>>I think one of the most exciting developments in
>>science is the writing of DNA. I just got this
>>news alert regarding Craig Venter and his DNA
>>writing work:
> Bernie,
> Some of us already have our first or last names
> coded in natural protein sequences. I did some
> searches recently on the names of people in our
> lab. Several of them with short names and no
> letters that are unused in the protein letter
> code (like the O in my name) had their names in
> natural proteins. One fellow with a four letter
> first name had his name in an ortholog (same
> protein in a different species) of the enzyme
> that he did his doctoral work on.
> The boss, of course, said I had too much time on
> my hands, and gave me more experiments to do. ;)
> Preston G.
> ---------------
> Hi Preston- just curious- when do you think the technology was available
> to first do this?
> ...Bernie
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