Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"Secret Codes in Craig Venter's Artificial Genome":
David Wheeler and Tao Tao of the NCBI checked into the genetic sequence submitted by Venter's Institute and found the watermarks hidden in plain sight. For the first time, we reveal the five coded messages that will go down in history as embedded in the first synthetic genome ever created after the jump.

VENTERINSTITVTE
CRAIGVENTER
HAMSMITH
CINDIANDCLYDE
GLASSANDCLYDE

I have to say that I was hoping for something poetic, profound, or clever. At least something in Greek, or Latin. Brandon suggested "STEALTHISCODE." Instead, we get what we probably should have expected: an advertisement for the Venter Institute.
As the New York Times explains: "The team also added some DNA segments to the genome to serve as 'watermarks,' allowing scientists to distinguish the synthetic genome from the natural one."