Re: Singularity in 18 months?/ hardware fab latency

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 22:36:21 -0700 (PDT)

Gina Miller writes:
> About this DNA gig, don't get the dna synthesized, that gives you a strand
> of dna, if you want the protein sequence that that represents then you write
> down the sequence of the protein and send it to somebody with a protein
> synthesizer to synthesize that peptide. If you what you want is the protein

Problem is: you'll get not a protein, but a peptide. A dirty one. In microquantities. At very low yield, the longer, the lower.

If you'd get the DNA instead, and manage to transfect an organism, and it gets expressed sufficiently you have a potentially infinite source of that particular protein. Teach a man to fish...

> there is no reason to synthesize the dna.