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Submission + - Encrypting Messages In Our "How-to-Make-a-Human" D (

slreboy writes: DNA isn't just a code, it's the ultimate information — the data without which the ability to perceive data wouldn't exist. We now have the ability to write our own messages into this biological blueprint, but there are important factors to consider before you start scribbling cellular graffiti.

The human genome contains about three quarters of a gigabyte of data, and it's pretty unflattering to find out that the "How to make YOU" instruction manual is less than a quarter of the size of an "X-Men: Wolverine" DVD. (But don't worry — the real "you" in your head is, even by the simplest estimate, at least seventy terabytes). Scientists have so far inserted the equation of relativity, their own names and even Latin poetry into the "junk" DNA of bacteria and plants.

The Courts

Encryption Passphrase Protected by the 5th Amendment 537

Takichi writes "A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can't force the defendant to divulge his PGP passphrase. The ruling was given on the basis that the passphrase is protected under the 5th amendment to the United States Constitution (protection against self-incrimination)." The question comes down to, is your password the contents of your brain, or the keys to a safe.

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