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Computers, Creepy, and Memes: TGGAACTTGAAGGAGGAACTAAAAGAAGCGGCTTCTAATAAATTCTATAGCTAAGGTCATCGAA GGTTACTTATTTTTTACTTTATTTAGGTTGCCTGATATTCACTTAGTCTGGCCTGCTAAACATG GACTTTTCCAGTATGCGTGGGTGTTACAACAGAAACCTTTATGTTTGCTTACAGGCTCCTCCTT TTTCTACACAGTGGTATGCATACTGTGACTACATGAAAACCAGACATCCAAGTGGAGACGGAAA AATTTCCCCAAACTTCCTTTAGTTCTAGTACACATTCTGACTTGTGTATGTGATAATACCCAAT GACATTTTCCCCTATGTACAAGGCAAACCTTTAATTTTATTCCTGGTGTTTCCAATTTCTTACT TAGTACTTTCCATTTAATCTTTCACTTCAACATTATTACCCCTCTCACTCATAACATTTCtttt tttttt tCTGCATAAGACTTTTCTAATTTGTCTGCTGTTTCTAATTCTTTTAAGTATCTTTGTT CCTCTATAGCTCCTCTGTCCTTCCTCAACTTCTTTTTCCTCTTTCATTTCCTTCTCAAAGCCTT TATAGATTCAATCCCTAGCAAATCATATATGGGTATATTTTCATTGTGCTATTCCTTTCATATG GAATATATTCTCTCAACAAGGTACTTACTAGTATTTCTTAAAACTTTCTTTTTGCAAATTATTT TCTTGAGCTAGCCTAAGCTCCAGAGGAAGGACATCTGTTACTACTATGGAATTGTAATTAGAAG TCTACTTTCCATTTATAGCTCTAAATTTTAAAAAATCCCTTGAGGTTAGTGACTTAACAGAAAA TAGAGAATTGTTATTGGGGATTTGGGACAGTATAAAGACAAGTACAAGCTGGAGATCTTTCATG GGTGGCACTGGGAGTTTGGGGCCTGTTTGCCCTCTGCTAAGATGATATGGACCCTACCTGAGAT TATTATGGCAGTCTAAAAGTACTGATTGTGCTGTCATCCATCTCCAGACTCACTGTTGGTACCT TATTTTATTCATGTTCAAAAATGGTATTATGATTCCTTCACTGACCCTGGCTTTTTTCTAAAGA AACACTCATGTGCTCAATAATTGCATTGACTAAAGTACAAAATAAAATAAAATTTGAATTAGTA AAGGTTTTAAAACACTTTAAAAAGGTCTAATCTCTGGTACTTTTTAAACATTCTAAAAATTAAA GGTTACATTAAAATGGTGCCTGTTGCTGAAAACATTACACTAGTCCTGATGTGTTATATGAAGT CCATAGAACTACAGGTTGGTTAGAATTAAATTATAGTTATTAAAGACAAGAATCTATTAGTATT GAATTCCAGATATAATGAGAATTTTGGCTTGCTGCCTTCCTGCCTTCAGCCTCCATAAATGGGG CATTTTAACCCCTAGCATTGTCCAACACCCAAAGATCAATCTGGTTCCTAATCAGAGGAAATAT TAATAGAAAGGTCCACTGGAGTCCTTAGCCTTGCAGTAAGTCATCCTTCTTCTATTCTGCCTCT TGCTTTTCCTTGTGACCAAATTCCTGCTTTGTACTGAAATTTAAGCAAATGGGTTCCTATTTTT CGTTTACCACCACTTGCTTTCCTTATCTTGTGCCTGACACCCTCTGGAACTGCCAGCTAACCTT TGGTGCCAGGTTACCATAGCATTTGGTCCTATTGACCCCTTAAGATGTCTTACGTTGCCTAAT GTTGGATCTTCTTGATGCCAACTACCTATCTGATTAGACTTCCTAACATTGCCTCTGCTATGAT TTGCACAGAATACCTGTAGTATTCAGAGGAGTATATCTAGTCTCCAGGATTCTGAATATCTCCT CTCTGGTCTATTCTACAGAGAGTCATTCTCTTTTGGCCCTTTGCTATAGTTAATCAATGTAATC ATTTACAAAGGAACTGAGTTCTTTTGCTTCATTCAGTAAAAAATAAGCAAATCAAGATGAAAAA GCTGGCCTTCAGGAGGCTCAACCTGCTTTATCATTGAGGTCTGTCTTCCCTGTATTTGAAGCTT TTTAAATAAACCATTCTAACCAGAAGAGAGAAGATGAAACAGTTAAAGCTCAAATCAAACAACT Can you find the hidden message in this text? [guest post by @science.sam] . . Your cells can! This slew of letters is actually a bit of your DNA, and I’m REALLY exaggerating when I say a bit - what you see here is just 0.0000352% of all of the DNA inside one teeny cell. . While computers use 0s and 1s, the alphabet for DNA contains 4 letters: A T C G. In reality your cells don’t actually read letters like we do, so each of those letters is really just a shortform for one of the 4 main molecules in DNA that cells understand. Each set of 3 letters codes for a different amino acid, so the hidden message in this text may end up being a bunch of amino acids that make up a protein. . But here’s the creepy-cool part: the text written here exists inside of you - either exactly as you see here, or with a few minor changes; maybe in your cells it starts with a G instead of a T, or ends with a C. And just like when you make a typo, sometimes a mistake in one letter doesn’t really matter, and other times it can completely change the meaning of something (e.g. FACES -> FECES...). . Now that biotechnology has gotten pretty good at β€œsequencing DNA” letter by letter, it is possible for you to learn how your DNA may differ from the person’s next to you. But because human DNA is about 3 billion letters long and 1 letter differences between people are pretty common, we haven’t quite gotten around to figuring out which ones really matter and strongly predict disease, which differences only matter in combination with other ones, and which differences make no difference. . Legislation around what to do with your DNA data is even more behind than our scientific understanding of it. There are lots of interesting and tough bioethics debates surrounding DNA sequencing, including the privatization of sequences, incidental findings, and risk assessments! . Even as DNA sequencing becomes more and more routine, it’s important to keep asking questions about it and staying curious about the letters in your cells!
Computers, Creepy, and Memes: TGGAACTTGAAGGAGGAACTAAAAGAAGCGGCTTCTAATAAATTCTATAGCTAAGGTCATCGAA
 GGTTACTTATTTTTTACTTTATTTAGGTTGCCTGATATTCACTTAGTCTGGCCTGCTAAACATG
 GACTTTTCCAGTATGCGTGGGTGTTACAACAGAAACCTTTATGTTTGCTTACAGGCTCCTCCTT
 TTTCTACACAGTGGTATGCATACTGTGACTACATGAAAACCAGACATCCAAGTGGAGACGGAAA
 AATTTCCCCAAACTTCCTTTAGTTCTAGTACACATTCTGACTTGTGTATGTGATAATACCCAAT
 GACATTTTCCCCTATGTACAAGGCAAACCTTTAATTTTATTCCTGGTGTTTCCAATTTCTTACT
 TAGTACTTTCCATTTAATCTTTCACTTCAACATTATTACCCCTCTCACTCATAACATTTCtttt
 tttttt tCTGCATAAGACTTTTCTAATTTGTCTGCTGTTTCTAATTCTTTTAAGTATCTTTGTT
 CCTCTATAGCTCCTCTGTCCTTCCTCAACTTCTTTTTCCTCTTTCATTTCCTTCTCAAAGCCTT
 TATAGATTCAATCCCTAGCAAATCATATATGGGTATATTTTCATTGTGCTATTCCTTTCATATG
 GAATATATTCTCTCAACAAGGTACTTACTAGTATTTCTTAAAACTTTCTTTTTGCAAATTATTT
 TCTTGAGCTAGCCTAAGCTCCAGAGGAAGGACATCTGTTACTACTATGGAATTGTAATTAGAAG
 TCTACTTTCCATTTATAGCTCTAAATTTTAAAAAATCCCTTGAGGTTAGTGACTTAACAGAAAA
 TAGAGAATTGTTATTGGGGATTTGGGACAGTATAAAGACAAGTACAAGCTGGAGATCTTTCATG
 GGTGGCACTGGGAGTTTGGGGCCTGTTTGCCCTCTGCTAAGATGATATGGACCCTACCTGAGAT
 TATTATGGCAGTCTAAAAGTACTGATTGTGCTGTCATCCATCTCCAGACTCACTGTTGGTACCT
 TATTTTATTCATGTTCAAAAATGGTATTATGATTCCTTCACTGACCCTGGCTTTTTTCTAAAGA
 AACACTCATGTGCTCAATAATTGCATTGACTAAAGTACAAAATAAAATAAAATTTGAATTAGTA
 AAGGTTTTAAAACACTTTAAAAAGGTCTAATCTCTGGTACTTTTTAAACATTCTAAAAATTAAA
 GGTTACATTAAAATGGTGCCTGTTGCTGAAAACATTACACTAGTCCTGATGTGTTATATGAAGT
 CCATAGAACTACAGGTTGGTTAGAATTAAATTATAGTTATTAAAGACAAGAATCTATTAGTATT
 GAATTCCAGATATAATGAGAATTTTGGCTTGCTGCCTTCCTGCCTTCAGCCTCCATAAATGGGG
 CATTTTAACCCCTAGCATTGTCCAACACCCAAAGATCAATCTGGTTCCTAATCAGAGGAAATAT
 TAATAGAAAGGTCCACTGGAGTCCTTAGCCTTGCAGTAAGTCATCCTTCTTCTATTCTGCCTCT
 TGCTTTTCCTTGTGACCAAATTCCTGCTTTGTACTGAAATTTAAGCAAATGGGTTCCTATTTTT
 CGTTTACCACCACTTGCTTTCCTTATCTTGTGCCTGACACCCTCTGGAACTGCCAGCTAACCTT
 TGGTGCCAGGTTACCATAGCATTTGGTCCTATTGACCCCTTAAGATGTCTTACGTTGCCTAAT
 GTTGGATCTTCTTGATGCCAACTACCTATCTGATTAGACTTCCTAACATTGCCTCTGCTATGAT
 TTGCACAGAATACCTGTAGTATTCAGAGGAGTATATCTAGTCTCCAGGATTCTGAATATCTCCT
 CTCTGGTCTATTCTACAGAGAGTCATTCTCTTTTGGCCCTTTGCTATAGTTAATCAATGTAATC
 ATTTACAAAGGAACTGAGTTCTTTTGCTTCATTCAGTAAAAAATAAGCAAATCAAGATGAAAAA
 GCTGGCCTTCAGGAGGCTCAACCTGCTTTATCATTGAGGTCTGTCTTCCCTGTATTTGAAGCTT
 TTTAAATAAACCATTCTAACCAGAAGAGAGAAGATGAAACAGTTAAAGCTCAAATCAAACAACT
Can you find the hidden message in this text? [guest post by @science.sam] . . Your cells can! This slew of letters is actually a bit of your DNA, and I’m REALLY exaggerating when I say a bit - what you see here is just 0.0000352% of all of the DNA inside one teeny cell. . While computers use 0s and 1s, the alphabet for DNA contains 4 letters: A T C G. In reality your cells don’t actually read letters like we do, so each of those letters is really just a shortform for one of the 4 main molecules in DNA that cells understand. Each set of 3 letters codes for a different amino acid, so the hidden message in this text may end up being a bunch of amino acids that make up a protein. . But here’s the creepy-cool part: the text written here exists inside of you - either exactly as you see here, or with a few minor changes; maybe in your cells it starts with a G instead of a T, or ends with a C. And just like when you make a typo, sometimes a mistake in one letter doesn’t really matter, and other times it can completely change the meaning of something (e.g. FACES -> FECES...). . Now that biotechnology has gotten pretty good at β€œsequencing DNA” letter by letter, it is possible for you to learn how your DNA may differ from the person’s next to you. But because human DNA is about 3 billion letters long and 1 letter differences between people are pretty common, we haven’t quite gotten around to figuring out which ones really matter and strongly predict disease, which differences only matter in combination with other ones, and which differences make no difference. . Legislation around what to do with your DNA data is even more behind than our scientific understanding of it. There are lots of interesting and tough bioethics debates surrounding DNA sequencing, including the privatization of sequences, incidental findings, and risk assessments! . Even as DNA sequencing becomes more and more routine, it’s important to keep asking questions about it and staying curious about the letters in your cells!

Can you find the hidden message in this text? [guest post by @science.sam] . . Your cells can! This slew of letters is actually a bit of you...