On the Tesla CEO’s favorite social network, a small discussion was started by an Italian astrophysicist who revealed human genome variants in volumes.
Antonio Regalado, Senior Editor at MIT Technology Review, joined that tweet musk Asking about the storage size of a single human genome could end up being on the order of 100 gigabytes.
For this, the Tesla CEO noted that one could “fit the DNA sequences of all humans alive today into a fairly small data storage system,” an idea that would carry more weight if it came from the world’s richest man.
The Human Genetic Code Project
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international scientific research project with the primary objective of determining the sequences of the chemical base pairs that make up DNA and identifying and mapping all the genes of the normal human genome from a physical and biological point of view. functional, including genes that code for proteins and those that do not.
Scientists of this project Announced in 2003 Breakthrough: They sequenced the entire human reference genome, including the letter’s three billion DNA, a scientific undertaking compared at the time to landing astronauts on the Moon.
While the reference genome has come under fire recently, with scientists adding more than two million additional variants, it still doesn’t require much space to store the entire sequence on a conventional computer.
It is with this background in the scientific discussion that Musk’s words take special interest, especially if we consider the research conducted by one of his companies, Neuralink
To implement Musk’s idea, it will be necessary to develop a method for sequencing the DNA of all of humanity, which is unprecedented in science today.