We’re all unique, and we’re all the same. We all have the same number of chromosomes, but each one of us – all eight billion – has a unique genetic fingerprint, our DNA sequence. It’s the ultimate biometric identifier for the individual, and a powerful source of digital data.
In the last few years, we’ve unlocked more of DNA’s secrets, and discovered valuable microcodes that enhance human health, wellness and longevity. You might have genes that code for resistance against coronavirus or HIV, or others that protect you against cancer, hypertension, or dementia. Someone else could be the custodian of genetic codes for muscle power or strong bones or pleasing physical features. Put them together, and we’ve got humans with superpowers.
And now we know that these powers are all encoded as digital data – a DNA sequence that can be stored and read and reproduced by digital computers. Think of it as a very sophisticated digital artwork, a graphic that can be electronically transmitted and displayed, and copied, but one that requires an enormous amount of data.
Just like protecting digital art with non-fungible tokens – the new form of copyright – you want to be able to ‘patent’ your genes. You want to establish your inalienable right to your DNA data in a way that’s immutable yet transparent; and if you have valuable genes you might want to give those rights to a trust, to collect royalties on those cell lines after you’re gone.
That’s why it’s time to bank your DNA on the blockchain; and wait for the Ether to roll in.