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600 songs and a genome:

    Life science technology is about as cutting-edge as it gets, but now it’s apparently also hip. At least that’s the image projected by University of New Hampshire researcher Will Gilbert, who has taken to carrying around the human genome on his Apple Computer iPod.

    Gilbert, who heads the bioinformatics group at the university’s Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, loaded the 3 billion chemical nucleotide letters in the human genome on his iPod one day when he discovered it would be faster than waiting for his network to copy the information.

    After all, the iPod can download up to 1,000 songs in less than 10 minutes. What’s 3 billion As, Ts, Cs, and Gs? Well, with 4x compression, Gilbert estimates, the human took up less than 1GB of disk space on his 5GB iPod, which also contained 300 songs. He recently upgraded to a 10GB iPod, on which he stores 600 songs plus the human genome.

    ….Gilbert recalls the story of Nobel Prize winner Walter Gilbert–no relation–who, during a speech at Harvard in the late ’80s, held up a CD-ROM and said, “One day you will be carrying the genome around on this.” Actually, the iPod-touting Gilbert notes, it turned out to be an MP3 player. [PC World]

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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