A child in France transcribed parts of the Hebrew book of Genesis and the Arabic-speaking Koran into DNA and injected it into his body – a text in each thigh.
Adrien Locatelli, a 16-year-old high school student, wrote a paper on the Preprint Server operating system on December 3, claiming, "This is the first time anyone has injected macromolecules from a text. "
Locatelli, a student at the Lycée les des Internats Eaux Claires in Grenoble, France, told Live Science that he did not need any special equipment for his project. [10 Amazing Things Scientists Have Done with CRISPR]
"All I had to do was buy saline and a syringe because VectorBuilder sent me liquid and ProteoGenix powder," he told Live Science cells for gene processing. Among other things, ProteoGenix synthesizes customized DNA strands. Both companies are primarily scientists, but their products are available to anyone who buys them.
When you see the lyrics that Locatelli injected into his body, they do not look very good. DNA is just a long molecule that can store information. Mostly, it stores the information that sentient beings use for their businesses. But it can be used to store just about any kind of information that can be written down.
Locatelli's method of translating the texts into DNA was straightforward, if somewhat crude. DNA encodes its information with repeating strings of four nucleotides that scientists have abbreviated as A, G, T and C. Locatelli arranged each letter of the Hebrew and Arabic alphabet (which are very close together) with a nucleotide, so each nucleotide represented more than one letter. So if you were to write a Hebrew sentence according to its scheme, then everyone would become Aleph, Vav, Yud, Nun, Tsade, and Tav. Every Dalet, Khet, Ayin and Resh would become a T. And so on. 1
"I have made this experiment the symbol of peace between religions and science," he said, adding, "I think it may be good for a religious person to inject his religious text."  Locatelli said he did not have significant health problems after the procedure, even though he reported a few days of "mild inflammation" at the injection site on his left thigh.
This report of only minimal complications fits in with what Sriram is Kosuri, Professor of Biochemistry at UCLA, told Live Science.
"[The injected texts] is unlikely to do anything except possibly cause an allergic reaction, I also do not know how likely the rAAV vector actually is to create virus, I honestly do not know enough about the vector used and how it did it (Details are scarce), "he wrote in a message.
Originally published on Live Science