Cryptocurrency and Wonders of Genetic Engineering

It is so hard to remember passwords. People keep forgetting them so they save them in hard drives. Hard drives are machines that have no expiry date but no guarantee of smooth running either. Hard drives go corrupt. Can be lost. Could be stolen.

What then?

Where should be the passwords to all the precious things in a person’s life be kept?

Genetic engineering has the answer.

In people themselves.

In their DNA.


According to research conducted by Columbia University, DNA is the ideal storage medium because it’s ultra-compact and can last hundreds of thousands of years if kept in a cool, dry place. A recent recovery of DNA from the bones of a 430,000-year-old human ancestor found in a cave in Spain has changed the world view of genetic engineering for safeguard purposes.

Molecular Biologist Nick Goldman also has something to say about this idea:

‘All the information in the world could be encoded and stored in DNA, and it would fit in the back of a SUV’

We’ve officially landed into the age of biological wonders. Scientists recently uploaded  a GIF of a galloping horse into bacteria:

Crypto fanatics have already been into this. Carverr, a biotechnology company, already codes digital assets into DNA for long term storage.

Given the paranoia of crypto world for the security measures and setups like G4s that charge fortunes to safeguard digital assets, this extreme measure feels normal. Currently, researchers are spending $7,000 to synthesize DNA they use to archive 2 megabytes of data and another $2,000 to read it. But the cost has fallen down exponentially and is expected to drop more.

But considering the costs why would anyone spend thousands on safeguarding their passwords when they can just write it on their note-pad and live a happy life?

When the pot is of millions, hundreds don’t count.

Billions have been made in profits from cryptocurrencies. The world is still in wonder. Cents have been changed into thousands. All the cash has to be safeguarded. Hackers are in pursuit of all this cash, wiping millions from exchanges in attacks all over the world. World wants to defend itself. The nemesis of digital assets is digital subterfuge. As long as all have a level playing field, evil will keep winning, finding new ways to break into and rob people off their assets.

So, the world is changing the rules. Offline vaults and multilayered security was just the beginning. DNA protection is the future.

Sarim Mehmood

An electrical engineer to be. Sarim is a blockchain & crypto enthusiast and an early investor in ETH and Ethereum based projects. Contact the editor at editor.opinions@blockpublisher.com

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