ElShamah Ministries: Defending the Christian Worldview and Creationism
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ElShamah Ministries: Defending the Christian Worldview and Creationism

Otangelo Grasso: This is my personal virtual library, where i collect information, which leads in my view to the Christian faith, creationism, and Intelligent Design as the best explanation of the origin of the physical Universe, life, and biodiversity

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Counting All the DNA on Earth

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1Counting All the DNA on Earth Empty Counting All the DNA on Earth Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:58 pm



Counting All the DNA on Earth

As the researchers reported in the journal PLOS Biology, they found that Earth contains around 50 trillion trillion trillion DNA base pairs — the building blocks of DNA’s double helix — plus or minus 3.6 x 10^37 base pairs. If gathered together, that amount of DNA would weigh 50 billion tons and fill one billion shipping containers.
The team also calculated the planet’s equivalent of computing power: the speed of DNA transcription. Given the average rate of genetic transcription for different organismal groups, they found that the biosphere processes more than 10^24 subunits of DNA per second.
Storing the total amount of information encoded in DNA in the biosphere, 5.3 × 1031 megabases (Mb), would require approximately 10^21 supercomputers with the average storage capacity of the world’s four most powerful supercomputers.




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