…that he sequenced into DNA. No. Really:
A 16-year-old French boy who made headlines around the world after he translated religious texts into DNA and injected it into himself has explained his process.
Adrien - Locatelli - Book - Genesis - Chapter
Adrien Locatelli translated the Book of Genesis and the 13th chapter of the Koran into a DNA sequence. He then built the proteins in a lab and injected them into his legs.
Adrien told Newshub the process took him “some months” as he “injected [himself] with very small quantities”.
Nobody - Everything - Room
“Nobody helped me, I did everything alone in my room,” he said.
Adrien said he was not afraid because “injections of junk DNA and junk proteins are inoffensive. It is not dangerous”.
Specialist - Chemistry - Dr - Alex - Hunt-Painter
Specialist in organic chemistry Dr Alex Hunt-Painter says “junk DNA” refers to parts of DNA that, as far as we know, isn’t associated with transcribing or synthesising proteins.
“Essentially it’s a really large proportion of DNA that’s up for debate as for what purpose it serves in the body,” Dr Hunt-Painter said.
Adrien - Inflammation - Mosquito - Bite - Side
When injected, Adrien says he experienced “minor inflammation like a mosquito bite”. But other than that, he didn’t experience any side effects.
“I thought that nothing would happen, and nothing happened.”
Dr - Hunt-Painter - Adrien - Case
Dr Hunt-Painter says that although Adrien did not think what he was doing was dangerous, this may not be the case.
“He was essentially rolling a dice. Whatever sequence of DNA he sequenced, essentially we just don’t know what it was going to do.”
Body - Random - DNA - Example - Transfusions
“It’s not like the body can’t deal with random DNA, a good example is blood transfusions. But we’re talking about an unknown sequence into a biological system.
Dr Hunt-Painter said to say the procedure was safe was “ignorant”.
“He took a big risk, and...
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