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What is the total memory storage of the human genome?

  1. Jun 6, 2013 #1
    My answer is that the 3Gigabits of base 4 memory in the human genome is equivalent to 750MB of binary standardised to 8 bits/byte.

    Once I have taken into account that there are two copies, evolutionary junk and repeated or copied areas, I am getting an estimate of around 30MB.
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  3. Jun 7, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    ... or about 30000 genes.
    Tough you should think of it as a base ePROM storing a recipe.
    Then the whole body is available as complimentary storage and the execution space is the range of action for the body.

    A machine can do a lot with much less if it's reactions to instructions are context-based, self-referencing, and self altering. It's a basic lesson in AI. Then the instruction set is a recipe - how many different recipes fit in the same number of characters in a recipe book?

    What I am trying to say is that it is not a useful calculation.
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