Microbiologist decoded encoded in the DNA of Bitcoin

Microbiologist decoded encoded in the DNA of Bitcoin


In the beginning of 2015, Professor Nick Goldman of the European bioinformatics Institute have developed a new method of storing digital information in DNA. In his speech at the world economic forum he told the audience about it, and then asked to solve the puzzle: giving wishing vials with the DNA samples, he asked them to decipher the encoded information therein. Award winner is one Bitcoin, and the deadline to solve the problem was scheduled for January 21, 2018.

The Belgian microbiologist sander, Votes only in December 2017 found out about the mystery Goldman, but was able to solve the puzzle a week before the end of the competition. Graduate student, Waits specializiruetsya on the study of the genome of bacteria and loves programming, but to solve the problem has proven more complicated than previously thought. Despite the fact that for decoding DNA and detection of the hidden key needed only to have access to the machine for sequencing and to understand how the code works, the first attempt to encoded private key failed.

To a solution of Suits with colleagues and the supervisor went back after the Christmas holidays, thoroughly rested and rechecking lines of code. As a result, the graduate student found in one of the rows of algorithm a typo, which is not allowed to access the encoded information.

In 2015, Bitcoin was worth about $ 200, but now its price has risen to 11 thousand dollars. A graduate student has no plans to become kriptosistem, and honestly earned Bitcoin it’s going to sell.

Announcing an unusual contest, Nick Goldman wanted to attract the attention of scientists to the idea of using DNA as a universal store non-biological information, rightly believing that this theme can give researchers new perspectives and engage new specialists. The Professor was right, the idea has attracted attention in the fall of last year, scientists recorded in the DNA of malicious code that can infect computers in analysis.