Better Living through DNA Encryption

Marc VanHeyningen mvanheyn at silky.cs.indiana.edu
Sun Jul 19 23:20:17 EST 1992


Thus said pete at cssc-syd.tansu.com.au (Peter Alexander Merel):
>I have had what I think is a pretty wild idea, and I expect someone to shoot 
>it down. If no one can shoot it then I'd like a Nobel Prize please.
>
>In order to understand the idea you must understand a little about DNA
>transcription, and a little about Public Key encryption. If you already
>understand a little about these things then please skip over the next
>two paragraphs.  If you understand a lot about these things then please
>bear with me, because I only understand a little.
> [ idea deleted, it essentially boils down to using assymetric
>   encryption to detect unauthorized changes in DNA ]

Wouldn't it be easier to just take a fingerprint of the DNA and make
sure it doesn't change?  You might want to avoid CRC, since a clever
virus could fool it, but something like MD4 should be sufficient; have
the enzymes do the MD4 check on the DNA occasionally, and force the cell
to destroy all its DNA and die if the fingerprints don't match.

Please list mention my name in Oslo. :-)
-- 
Marc VanHeyningen     mvanheyn at whale.cs.indiana.edu     MIME accepted
De Gaulle remark[s ...] about the American "will to power, cloaking itself in
idealism."  By now, this will to power is not so much cloaked in idealism as
it is drowned in fatuity.		- Chomsky




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