It seems that a team of scientists has developed a way to store data in bacteria. Yep, I’m not making this up. According to the story the team is hoping that one day you will have a back up of data stored in a Tupperware container in the fridge. Imagine if you could back up everything you’ve ever had on your computer (a seemingly infinite amount of data) onto a few ounces of bacteria. That is their goal, and it sounds a bit spooky to me.

I kind of wonder if it is really something that a Christian could/should engage in. Think about it, the process involves altering the DNA of an organism. Is that taking the place of the creator? It certainly doesn’t sound like you’re only “managing creation.” I guess it would be possible to argue that the process is akin to building one’s memory. But, you would have to argue that digital data is something like memory, and then that the process of encoding it into the DNA of bacteria is like building more memory into your brain. Perhaps one could argue this way, but I’m still uncomfortable with the idea of altering something’s DNA in order to fit my purposes.

Any thoughts?

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