Sunday, October 03, 2004

Biotechnology and Information Technology

It is interesting to note that, on Friday, 1 October 2004, Bill Gates prophesised that biology and information technology would slowly coalesce into one: "If I were a student I would highlight those two areas as the most interesting". You can read more about the story at
The reason, by the way, that this is the case is that the essence of study of life, namely biology, is built on a key primitive, the DNA. It is really amazing that the analog world is so beautifully built by a digital primitive, a sequence, several billions long, of nucleotides drawn from a set of four chemical compounds, Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Thymine, commonly abbreviated by the initial letters A, C, G and T.

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