This sounds incredible and crazy at the same time but a high school student has out himself through a bizarre experiment some scientists think is absolutely unnecessary and “stupid”. The boy selected some passages in the Christian and Moslem Holy Books, converted them into DNA patterns and injected same into his body. Just how did he do that?
Adrien Locatelli, a young bio-hacker from the French city of Grenoble, has been called an “idiot” for putting himself through a bizarre DIY experiment in which he injected a DNA pattern made from translated passages from the Bible and the Koran into his body just to find out what will happen.
Locatelli, who is believed to still be in high-school, began by selecting passages from the Christian and Muslim holy books that he wanted stored in his body in the form of DNA. He then assigned one of the four letters corresponding to the chemicals that DNA is made of (ACGT) to every character in the passages, in the order GACT.
He searched online and got a free online tool which he used to translate the nucleotide information into protein sequences that he ended up injecting into his thighs. He said he did this bizarre experiment because he was curious to know if it could be done.
“Recent studies have reported that it is possible to convert any type of information into DNA for the purpose of storage. Since it is possible to convert digital information into DNA, I wondered whether it would be possible to convert a religious text into DNA and to inject it in a living being,” Adrien Locatelli explained his controversial experiment.
“It is the first time that someone injects himself [with] macromolecules developed from a text. It is very symbolic even if it does not have much purpose,” the bio-hacker added.
Regarding the outcome of this unusual scientific experiment, Locatelli said that his left leg got swollen for a few days after the injection, but apart from that, he noticed no other effects. So can one say it didn’t actually work? Well, that should depend on what he was expecting to happen.
So what verses of the Bible and Koran was the high-school student interested to have stored in his body as DNA patterns? He translated Bible passages from Genesis 1:1 to 11:9, excluding 2:10 to 2:14, 5, and 7:1 to 7:5 because he considered them too controversial, and from the Koran he used the 13th chapter, Surah Ar-Ra’d. It’s unclear whether he injected Bible verses into one leg, and Koran passages into the other, or used a mix of the two religious texts for both legs.
Adrien Locatelli called the experiment the first of its kind in the world, but the scientific community wasn’t too impressed with it. Most experts ridiculed both the bio-hacker’s methodology and his motivation for risking his life.
“Dear biohackers etc. Please stop. You are idiots,” Isaac Stoner, founder of a company researching antibiotic resistance, tweeted, linking to a story about Locatelli’s experiment.
“OK, 2018 can’t end soon enough. Some French high school student translated a part of the Bible and Koran into protein sequence, made an rAAV vector and a cyclic peptide, injected them into either thigh, and then published the following preprint,” wrote Sri Kosuri, a biochemistry professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“I know the odds of a nonsense protein being close to anything dangerous … are relatively low,” one Twitter user commented on this story. “But this kind of avant-garde attitude and disregard for ethics towards science terrifies me that humanity’s end will be at the hands of an idiot.”