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Old 04-15-2016, 03:30 PM
Trinopus Trinopus is offline
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Actually, we do have the tools, right now, to sequence and then re-write DNA molecules.

This is currently a proposal for Mars exploration. If we find Martian DNA, we don't have to bring it back physically, but can transmit the data and build the DNA here.

This is very definitely duplicating technology (including destroying the original) as opposed to "transporting" technology, but when it comes to a DNA molecule, what's the difference?