Jurassic Park Easter Egg - Who Made the DNA?
OK. In Jurassic Park, Henry Wu (the geneticist) shows the visitors a piece of 'Dino DNA' taken, he says, from a dinosaur.
The way DNA works is to have groups of 3 letters, made from combinations of A, G, C or T, each coding for a chemical known as an amino acid. There are 20 amino acids, each has a single letter code name.
Someone actually pieced out what the DNA coded for, in single letters, then looked this up in the universal protein database, to see what it was. It's actually a chicken protein. But after about 150 letters, the chicken protein breaks for a while to say 'MARK WAS HERE' then back to chicken protein, and a bit further on the word 'NIH' has been put in too.
So Mark put the DNA sequence together for Mr. Crichton, I presume...
(by the way, I find this quite fun, as I'm a biochemist...)
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||Mish on 07-31-2000
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