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July 8, 2000
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A beta version of the source code for humans is now available for download.

Not that I'd have any idea what to do with this. Anyone up for a 740mb download?
posted by CrayDrygu (15 comments total)

 
Isn't it all just a bunch of random looking characters that only make sense to people who took a lot more college than I did?
posted by ZachsMind at 12:44 PM on July 8, 2000


"Isn't it all just a bunch of random looking characters "

A friend of mine who downloaded a small part of one of the files said it looks like this:

16/ctg12823 2082216 2082315 292 N 100 fragment no 16/ctg12823 2082316 2086363 293 D AC027683.1 24913 28960 - 16/ctg12823 2086364 2086463 294 N 100 fragment yes 16/ctg12823 2086464 2087673 295 D AC027683.1 32900 34109 - 16/ctg12823 2087674 2251958 296 F AC005774.1 1 164285 -

posted by CrayDrygu at 12:48 PM on July 8, 2000


the truth is out, humans run on linux!
posted by starduck at 2:00 PM on July 8, 2000


"Roughly 85% of the genome has been sequenced by the International Human Genome Project." I thought they were done? If 740MB = 85%, then 870MB = 100%. Sheesh.

If that much data can be stored in a microscopic cell, that's just further proof that our own bodies are a technology on a much much higher order than anything we've figured out how to make.
posted by endquote at 2:38 PM on July 8, 2000


Yeah... I saw that... and what really scares me, is that that is 740m ZIPPED... and I'm imagining it's all text...

That's not sane at all... infact that's pretty disturbing...
posted by Bane at 3:27 PM on July 8, 2000


I'm not interested until I can get the copy that doesn't have the comments deleted.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 3:33 PM on July 8, 2000


when will the sdk be available? =)
posted by mmanning at 4:19 PM on July 8, 2000


16/ctg12823 2082216 2082315 292 N 100 fragment no 16/ctg12823 2082316 2086363 293 D AC027683.1 24913 28960 - 16/ctg12823 2086364 2086463 294 N 100 16/ctg12823 2086464 2087673 295 D AC027683.1 32900 34109 - 16/ctg12823 2087674 2251958 296 F AC005774...
posted by ZachsMind at 4:39 PM on July 8, 2000


Dammit!! I used ISO characters' number codes I swear! Metafilter just filtered them out. Disregard previous attempt at humor, or just view source if you're really curious.
posted by ZachsMind at 4:41 PM on July 8, 2000


The Roman alphabet fits into 26 bytes of pure ASCII.

Frequency and amplitude can be measured with mathematical accuracy, but while a MIDI of the "Confutatis" from Mozart's Requiem inspires thrilling memories, it doesn't quite thrill me as much as a live performance.

I'm keeping faith in the high percentage of DNA that they can't decode. Somehow, I think to regard it as "junk" (as the terminology renders it) suggests a scientific short-sightedness.
posted by holgate at 6:43 PM on July 8, 2000


Ha ha ha. I just read the source. Quite a funny one, thou art.